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Installation - G DATA ManagementServer

Insert the G DATA installation medium and select G DATA ManagementServer. Ensure that you have closed all open applications, as they may cause conflicts during installation. Select your language and click Installation to start the installation wizard. Read the license agreement for the use of this software. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next if you accept the agreement in this form.

The server type selection lets you choose between the following server types:

Main server: During an initial installation, G DATA ManagementServer must always be installed as the main server (main MMS). The main server represents the central configuration and administration entity of G DATA's network architecture. G DATA ManagementServer provides the infrastructure for network clients to be protected with the latest virus signatures and program updates. In addition, all client configuration is managed centrally by G DATA ManagementServer.

Secondary server: When using a standalone SQL database instance, it is possible to run a second server (secondary MMS), which uses the same database as the main server. If the main server is unavailable for more than one hour, clients connect automatically to the secondary server and load signature updates from it. They switch back to the main server as soon as it is available again. Both servers load signature updates independently from one another to provide a safeguard against failure.

Subnet server: For large networks (e.g. company headquarters with connected branch offices) it can be sensible to operate an installation of G DATA ManagementServer as a subnet server. Subnet servers help to reduce the network traffic load between clients and the main MMS. They can be used to manage a subset of clients allocated to them. The subnet servers remain fully functional, even if the main or secondary server is inaccessible. However, they do not load any virus signature updates autonomously. Enter the server name of the main server under Main server name.

An alternative to installing a subnet server is using peer to peer update distribution. By enabling this option, server-client network traffic during updates is greatly reduced. For some networks this can eliminate the need for using a subnet server.

After selecting the server type, decide which database server G DATA ManagementServer should use:

Install Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express: Choose the SQL Server Express installation if you are newly installing G DATA ManagementServer for a network with less than 1000 clients. Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express does not support Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008/2003. On those systems, manually install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express before installing ManagementServer or use a database instance on another machine and then select the option Use existing database instance. More information can be found in the Reference Guide.

Use existing database instance: For larger networks, it is recommended to use an existing Microsoft SQL Server instance. If you are reinstalling G DATA ManagementServer on a server that already has a SQL Server Express installation and a G DATA ManagementServer database, choose the option to use an existing instance. After the installation, you will be able to configure the connection to SQL Server (Express).

The installation is automatically started after confirming the eventual installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express and/or other prerequisites. After the installation is finished, the G DATA solution should be activated. This enables immediate update downloads upon finishing the installation:

Enter a new registration number: If you are installing G DATA software for the first time, select this option and enter the solution's registration number. You can find the registration number on the order confirmation. In case of doubt contact your G DATA reseller or distributor. Upon entering the registration number, your solution is activated. The access data generated (user name and password) are displayed immediately following successful registration. Be sure to make a note of your user name and password and save them somewhere! Following successful registration, it is no longer necessary to re-enter the license key.

If you have problems entering your registration number, verify that you have entered it correctly. A capital "I" (for India) is often misread as the number "1" or the letter "l" (for Lima). The same applies to "B" and "8", "G" and "6", "Z" and "2".

Enter access data: If the G DATA software has already been installed before, you will have received access data (user name and password). To reinstall the G DATA software, enter the access data here.

Activate later: If you just want to look over the software first or if the access data are temporarily unavailable, the installation can take place without entering the data. However, if you do so, no Internet updates will be downloaded. The G DATA software can only effectively protect your computer if it is completely up-to-date. Using the software without activating it will protect you insufficiently. You can enter your registration number or access data subsequently at any time. See also the notes on subsequent activation of the G DATA software in the FAQ section.

Please note: if the software has been installed without being activated, only the G DATA Antivirus Business components are available, even if you have purchased G DATA Client Security Business, G DATA Endpoint Protection Business, or any additional modules. The additional components are activated and available as soon as you register the software.

If you chose to use an existing database instance, you can perform the database configuration after the installation has finished. More information about database configuration can be found in the Reference Guide.

Following the installation of G DATA ManagementServer, the G DATA software is operational and ready to be configured. A server reboot may be required. G DATA ManagementServer will automatically be started every time the system is booted up.

To administer G DATA ManagementServer, go to Start > (All) Programs > G DATA Administrator and select the G DATA Administrator option. This will start the administration tool for G DATA ManagementServer.

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