FortiClient VPN Silent Install (How-To Guide)


FortiClient uses SSL and IPSec VPN to provide secure, reliable access to corporate networks and applications from virtually any internet-connected remote location. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of FortiClient VPN from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install FortiClient VPN Silently

FortiClient VPN Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Select the FortiClient VPN Download for Windows
  2. Download the FortiClientVPNOnlineInstaller_x.x.exe file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Manually launch the FortiClientVPNOnlineInstaller_x.x.exe installer
  4. Wait for the FortiClient VPN Setup Wizard to appear and then navigate to the %LocalAppData%\Temp directory
  5. Copy the FortiClientVPN.exe to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Exit & Close the FortiClient VPN Setup Wizard
  7. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  8. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  9. Enter the following command: FortiClientVPN.exe /quiet /norestart
  10. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the FortiClient VPN Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:FortiClient VPN
Vendor:Fortinet Technologies Inc
Version:7.0.0.0029
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:FortiClientVPN.exe /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Download Link:https://www.forticlient.com/downloads
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/forticlient-vpn-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

FortiClient VPN Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Select the FortiClient VPN Download for Windows
  2. Download the FortiClientVPNOnlineInstaller_x.x.exe file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Manually launch the FortiClientVPNOnlineInstaller_x.x.exe installer
  4. Wait for the FortiClient VPN Setup Wizard to appear and then navigate to the %LocalAppData%\Temp\{F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} directory
  5. Copy the FortiClientVPN.msi to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Exit & Close the FortiClient VPN Setup Wizard
  7. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  8. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  9. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i FortiClientVPN.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
  10. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the FortiClient VPN Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:FortiClient VPN
Vendor:Fortinet Technologies Inc
Version:7.0.0.0029
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i FortiClientVPN.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Download Link:https://www.forticlient.com/downloads
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/forticlient-vpn-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create an Installation Log File

The FortiClient VPN installers offer the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

FortiClient VPN Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

FortiClientVPN.exe /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\FortiClientVPN-Install.log"

FortiClient VPN Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i FortiClientVPN.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\FortiClientVPN-Install.log"

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During FortiClient VPN Install

The FortiClient VPN installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switch using the MSI to exclude it.

FortiClient VPN Silent Install (MSI) with No Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i FortiClientVPN.msi DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0 REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

How to Uninstall FortiClient VPN Silently

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:
VersionFortiClient VPN Silent Uninstall String
7.0.0.0029MsiExec.exe /x {F1343266-CE79-4195-815C-9B59B7FD8056} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
6.4.3.1608MsiExec.exe /x {D1C40D34-0329-4F09-B2FC-82365C56DF16} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
6.4.2.1580MsiExec.exe /x {C0BEAA5B-4422-4FF8-B616-9F269C360290} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
6.4.1.1519MsiExec.exe /x {AFE93A24-F5E9-4E53-BBFE-AF54AA25FBFF} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
6.2.6.0951MsiExec.exe /x {A43400FD-C5F7-4E6D-B258-E271AB41FC93} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
6.2.0.0780MsiExec.exe /x {A0B58B60-2749-4D61-BBE1-DB38826EAFBA} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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