5.2. Virtual Appliance Deployment

UserGate Management Center Virtual Appliance is a quick way to deploy a VM with pre-configured components. The VM image is supplied in the OVF format (Open Virtualization Format) supported by vendors such as VMWare and Oracle VirtualBox. For Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM, VM disk images are supplied.


For the correct operation of the VM, 8GB RAM and 2-core virtual CPU are recommended as a minimum. Your hypervisor must support 64-bit operating systems.

To get started with the virtual appliance, follow these steps:



Step 1. Download and unpack the VM image.

Download the latest version of the virtual appliance from the official website, https://www.usergate.com.

Step 2. Import the VM image into your virtualization system.

Instructions on how to import a VM image can be found on the VirtualBox and VMWare websites. For Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM, you need first to create a VM, specify the downloaded image as the VM disk, and then disable Integration Services in the settings for the newly created VM.

Step 3. Configure the VM parameters.

Increase the size of the RAM for the VM. In the VM properties, set a minimum of 8GB RAM.

Step 4. Important! Increase the size of the disk for the VM.

The default disk size is 100GB, which is usually not enough to store all logs and settings. In the VM properties, set a disk size of 300GB or more. The recommended size is 500GB or more.

Step 5. Configure virtual networks.

UserGate Management Center is supplied with four interfaces, two of which are bound to zones:

  • Management: the first VM interface

  • Trusted: the second VM interface intended for the communication with the managed UserGate NGFWs.

Step 6. Perform factory reset.

Start the VM. During the boot, perform Factory reset. This is a critical step. UGMC uses this step to configure network adapters and increase the partition size on the hard disk to the size specified at Step 4.