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.
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After the Login you can select "McAfee Web Gateway" under the product section
The download section offers ISO as well as USB images. ISO images are most commonly used (e.g. for virtual server) and we do recommend you stick with the "Main Release" unless you have a specific reason to go with the "Controlled Release".
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. Afterwards the configuration wizard will ask you to configure your primary DNS server. A secondary DNS server is normally not needed for the initial setup:
Configure your IP Address
Enter your default gateway
Answer yes to configure your DNS server
Enter your DNS Server
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
Type your root password
Type it again...
The next 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
Would you like to permit root login over SSH?
Choose the volume scheme
The default installation of Web Gateway on all hardware appliances restricts the /opt partition to 40GB and gives the remaining space to the cache. When you switch to the alternate scheme, the cache partition size will be limited to 40GB and the /opt partition gets the remainder.
The scheme can be changed after installation by running mwg-cache-wizard, but this can only be performed once.
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, you can use the browser (in Internet Explorer), as a Java WebStart Application or as in-browser HTML. If using the browser 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. To run the UI as a Java WebStart Application, click the link to download the MWG-UI WebStart, you can then run the UI directly as a Java application outside of the browser. Use “UI as in-browser HTML” to have access without using Java at all.
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.