This article is designed to show you how to download the McAfee Web Gateway software, image an appliance and work through the initial configuration and activation. Further articles in this series will describe how to configure individual features.
This video walks you through the steps required for a Web Gateway installation. You can also follow the step-by-step instructions below instead.
License and Software Download
McAfee Web Gateway Licenses, Documentation and Software Downloads are all available on https://contentsecurity.mcafee.com
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After the Login you can select "McAfee Web Gateway 7" under the product section
The download section offers ISO as well as USB images. ISO images are most commonly used and we do recommend you stick with the "Main Release" unless you have a specific reason to go with the "Controlled Release".
You can find more information about the different releases and update procedures in this article: https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-5036
The license section will show your purchased and evaluation Web gateway license. Click on the desired license to start the download.
What to do with the downloaded ISO?
After downloading the ISO, you have three options on how to use the ISO to image your physical or virtual appliance:
a) Burn the ISO image to a CD and physically insert and image the appliance (normally not needed anymore because of options b and c)
b) Use the Remote Access card on your physical appliance to mount the ISO directly (highly recommended). More details about the remote access cards can be found in this article:
c) Mount the ISO directly into your virtual Appliance. For example in VMware ESXi you can mount it from the ESX datastore
The imaging process and wizards
Once the appliance boots from the ISO image, you will see an Installation dialog. It is highly recommended to go with the default option "video console (with configuration wizard)"
The imaging process will proceed and no further interaction is needed until the appliance reboots and starts the configuration Wizard. The imaging process should only take about 5 minutes.
The first step in the installation wizard is to select "No" for the DHCP configuration option
On the next screens configure your IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and hostname for the appliance
The configuration wizard will now ask you to configure your primary DNS server. A secondary DNS server is normally not needed for the initial setup.
Double check your Network settings on the summary page and then confirm with "Yes"
The next step is to set and confirm the root password for your appliance
The final step in the configuration wizard is to decide whether you would like to allow root logins via SSH or not. "Yes" is the most commonly used option here
The system will now apply the configuration and finish the boot process. Once you see the login prompt, you can leave the command line and open the web interface UI (see below)
First Login to the User Interface
The Web Gateway User Interface can be accessed via your internet browser:
http://<IP of your appliance>:4711
https://<IP of your appliance>:4712
The default credentials for the interface are:
When you access the User Interface for the first time you will likely get prompted to allow popups to ensure the interface can function properly.
In addition you might see several java warnings that need to be acknowledged for the UI to load.
Once the UI is fully loaded, you will see an initial Setup wizard which allows you to import your license (downloaded at the beginning of this article) and activate the product.
All other steps in this wizard are optional and can be skipped by clicking the "Close Wizard" Button.
At this point your McAfee Web Gateway is up and running and you could point your browser at it for the first test requests.
The default proxy port is 9090.