MDS OmniShield subscriptions offer several options for "Remote Access".
For simplicity sake, in this article we will break these down into two general types of remote access :
Multi-Site VPN (Type 1) OR on-demand SSL-VPN access (Type 2)
The following article includes description and details for each type of Remote Access option that you have available to you, while using our OmniNet Cloud.
Type 1: Multi-site VPN (Pro subscription required)
Short description: Always-on remote access
Multi-site solution for an "Always-on" connection. Individual MDS deployments at multiple customer sites, allow multiple customer office locations to connect to each other all while simultaneously leveraging OmniNet Clean Internet via OmniShield.
At least 1 Pro Subscription for the initial customer site, followed by any Lite, Standard, Standard Plus, or Pro subscriptions for remote locations (secondary sites)
This multi-site deployment solution is intended for customer with multiple physical offices. The multi-site deployment scenario requires a Pro subscription at the primary office to protect the main site using the OmniNet Clean Internet, followed by any lite, standard, or standard plus OmniShield MDS subscription at subsequent locations. Subsequent OmniShield MDS deployments at new sites can connect to the existing Pro subscription by individually connecting to the same OmniNet MDS Cloud datacenter the original subscription is connected to, and allows for 2 or more offices to connect their networks to each other for inter-office connectivity. Outbound internet access continues to be protected by our OmniNet Cloud and each subscription (location) is controlled by its individual configuration settings in the portal.
Purchase a Pro subscription for the main office, and a lite subscription for a home office. These would allow for a multi-site deployment scenario. Purchase a Pro subscription for the first location and a Standard for the second location.
Type 2: SSL-VPN (All subscription types)
Short description: On-demand Remote Access for roaming clients
If you are looking for an on-demand connection back to the office while traveling, and have an MDS subscription at the main office, you can simply connect to the office using one of two methods for on-demand remote access methods.
Steps for setting up a Remote Access VPN user:
1. Log in to your MDSManager portal
2. Select the Cloud link that you want to enable Remote Access VPN
3. On Advanced page/tab, turn on the "Remote Access VPN".
4. Enter the Username and Password, and bookmarks then save.
Current Method : On-demand remote access using SSL-VPN tunnel client
Currently a split-tunnel VPN client can be downloaded for Windows and MAC devices, configured, and launched for on-demand connection that establishes a full SSL-VPN tunnel back to the office. (Personal Mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones or Android etc. are able to connect with appropriate apps but these are not supported)
Note: This solution, Type 2, is not intended or supported for a dedicated home office site, but rather only intended as an on-demand and as needed connection. Only traffic to office networks behind a subscription are forwarded. This is not a replacement for a Type 1 scenario as called out above.
This feature is available for Standard subscription levels of OmniNet and higher. An active MDS OmniShield subscription is required. Remote access must be turned on in the Wizard along with a username and password as well as a bookmark defined.
Intended to allow machines outside the office to access in-office internal resources that are themselves connected to the OmniNet network.
Launch the SSL-VPN client and establish a connection to the office. Launch remote desktop application and connect to an internal desktop or server using its static IP in the office that is currently protected by MDS. Browse to an internal only web server.
1. If do not have FortiClient already installed on your machine, then download it from This Link
3. Run the setup wizard to install FortiClient.
4. Launch FortiClient, then click on the setting cog icon, and then select "Add a new connection"
5. Fill in the Connection Name, Description, and, on the "Remote Gateway", insert the mdsremote.com URL of the cloud link you are connected to, plus check the box for "Customize port" and edit the port to "20443".
6. Apply the settings then log in using your username and password.
7. If trouble with these steps go here for a more detailed explanation
Old method A: Remote Access using SSL-VPN Web Portal (Being deprecated mid 2017 due to updated browser restrictions on all major browsers***)
The Remote Access SSL-VPN web portal allows for several connection types including RDP, FTP, SMB, Web.
For questions about VPN connections to 3rd parties, please review the following article:
Direct link to standalone SSL-VPN client: