Thursday, February 13, 2014

FortiClient mass rollout - Heads up

If you are deploying FortiClient for a large number of users, chances are you'll probably create a master build and image that to the drives you are installing in your machines.
One of the things to keep in mind is that when you install FortiClient it creates a unique UID.

So before you start copying your master build, follow these steps to remove the unique UID. Each individual machine will create a new UID on first use if one doesn't already exist.

To include a FortiClient installation in a hard disk image
  • Download the FortiClient tools from the Fortinet Support Site. The tools are located in the same folder as the FortiClient installer files.
  • Using an MSI FortiClient installer, install and configure the FortiClient application to suit your requirements. You can use a standard or a customized installation package.
  • Right-click the FortiClient icon in the system tray and select Shutdown FortiClient.
  • From the folder where you expanded the file, run RemoveFCTID.exe. The RemoveFCTID tool requires administrative rights.
  • Shut down the computer.

IMPORTANT! Do not reboot the Windows operating system on the computer before you create the hard disk image. The FortiClient identifier is created before you log on.

  • Create the hard disk image and deploy it as needed.

1 comment:

Dan Orth said...

Excellent tip, thank you.

Do you have any other tips, thoughts, or learnings about deploying and using the FortiClient?

I was reading through your blog and saw the FortiDiag Wiki, and threw this command together to quickly pull what profile was last checked into by a PC.

diag endpoint record-list | grep -iB5 "[COMPUTERNAME]"​