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I'm new to ubuntu server and I'm trying to figure this out.

I have a server install of ubuntu 12.04 behind a fortigate firewall. To get internet access I have to authenticate with the the fortigate first. The only way I know how to is via the fortigate webpage. eg, when I type a website URL the first time I use a browser for the day, Id get redirected to the firewalls webpage thats gets my credentials before sending my to the URL.

Now how do I this if I dont have access to a GUI? I also dont have access to the firewall (Its managed by somebody else)?

Any ideas would be help full.


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Who manages the firewall? Having to login to get internet access seems pretty silly, if this is a corporate environment that would make me wonder. It is a corporate environment right? – Brent Pabst Sep 10 '12 at 12:36
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Ask whoever adminsters the firewall to make an exception for your server and allow direct internet access.

This is a "problem" that servers normally do not deal with.

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This is what I did as a work around.

I used another computer and downloaded "links" Links is a text based web browser.

I copied the links.deb package to the ubuntu server. I installed links dpkg -i links.deb

and was able to authenticate against the firewall.

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is there a better method than this? – Jake Sep 10 '12 at 12:37
Yes, get the firewall "problem" fixed. This is not a normal environment. – Brent Pabst Sep 10 '12 at 12:41

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