Computers running GFI LanGuard Central Management Server must meet the system requirements described in this article in order to operate correctly and for performance reasons.
All the requirements below are equally important. Make sure the server meets these requirements before deployment.
- Hardware Requirements
- Software Requirements
- Firewall Ports and Protocols
- Antivirus and Backup Exclusions
Minimum hardware requirements for computers hosting GFI LanGuard Central Management Server are listed in the table below:
|Processor||2.8 GHz quad-core|
|Physical Storage||10 GB HDD free space|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
GFI LanGuard Central Management Server can be installed on any computer that meets the software requirements described in this section.
Supported Operating Systems (32-bit/64-bit)
The following table lists operating systems and versions where GFI LanGuard Central Management Server can be installed. Ensure that you are running the Full version (with GUI) of these operating systems, and running the latest Service Pack as provided by Microsoft.
|Windows® Server 2022 Standard/DataCenter|
|Windows® 11 Professional/Enterprise|
|Windows® Server 2019 Standard/DataCenter|
|Windows® Server 2016 Standard/DataCenter|
|Windows® Server 2012 (including R2) Standard/Enterprise|
|Windows® Server 2008 (including R2) Standard/Enterprise|
|Windows® 10 Professional/Enterprise|
|Windows® 8/8.1 Professional/Enterprise|
|Windows® 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate|
|Windows® Vista Business/Enterprise/Ultimate|
|Windows® Small Business Server 2011|
GFI LanGuard Central Management Server uses a database to store information retrieved from multiple GFI LanGuard installations. The database backend can be any of the following:
|Database server||Recommended Use|
|SQL Server Express® 2008 or later||This database server has a 10GB limit and is therefore recommended for networks containing up to 500 computers. If a database server is not available, the GFI LanGuard installer can automatically download and run the Microsoft SQL Express installer.|
SQL Server® 2008 or later
|Recommended for larger networks containing 500 computers or more.|
For improved performance, it is highly recommended to use an SSD drive for the database server. Compared to traditional Hard Disk Drives, SSDs deliver superior performance with lower access time and lower latency.
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Firewall Ports and Protocols
GFI LanGuard instances communicate with the GFI LanGuard Central Management Server via port 1077. Configure your firewall to allow inbound connections on TCP port 1077, on computers running GFI LanGuard and the GFI LanGuard Central Management Server.
If port 1077 is already in use by another application, the GFI LanGuard Central Management Server automatically searches for an available port in the range of 1077-1277.
Antivirus and Backup Exclusions
Antivirus and backup software can cause GFI LanGuard to malfunction if it is denied access to some of its files.
Add exclusions that prevent antivirus & backup software from scanning or backing up the following folder on the GFI LanGuard Server and the GFI LanGuard Central Management Server: