5.3. Connecting to UserGate Management Center

The port0 interface is configured to receive an IP address automatically from a DHCP server and is bound to the Management zone. The initial configuration is done via the administrator's web console connection via the port0 interface.

If it is not possible to assign an IP address to the Management interface automatically using DHCP, it can be set explicitly from the CLI (Command Line Interface). For more details on using the CLI, see the chapter Command Line Interface (CLI).

Other network interfaces are disabled and require further configuration.

To perform the initial configuration, follow these steps:



Step 1. Connect to the management interface.

When a DHCP Server Is Used

Connect the port0 interface to the corporate network with a working DHCP server. Start the UGMC server. After booting, the UserGate console will display the IP address to connect to for subsequent product activation.

Static IP address

Start the UGMC server. Use the CLI to assign the desired IP address to the port0 interface. For more details on using the CLI, see the chapter Command Line Interface (CLI).

Connect to the UGMC web console at the specified IP address. The address string should look similar to this:


Step 2. Select a language.

Select the language that will be used for the rest of the initial configuration.

Step 3. Set a password for the UserGate Management Center root administrator.

Set a login name and a password to log in to the web management interface.

Step 4. Register the system.

Enter the PIN code to activate the product and fill in the registration form. To activate the system, UGMC must have Internet access. If you are unable to register the product at this time, try it again after configuring the network interfaces at Step 8.

Step 5. Configure zones, set IP addresses of the network interfaces, and connect UserGate Management Center to the corporate network.

In the Interfaces section, enable the desired network interfaces, assign valid IP addresses that correspond to your networks, and bind the interfaces to the respective zones. For more details on network interface management, see the chapter Network Interface Configuration. The system is supplied with a number of predefined zones:

  • Management (management network), port0 interface.

  • Trusted (LAN). This is assumed to be the zone through which UGMC will connect to the MDs and access the Internet.

For the UGMC to work, one configured interface is sufficient. Having separate network interfaces for UGMC device management and UserGate MD management is recommended for security but is not mandatory.

Step 6. Configure the Internet gateway.

In the Gateways section, specify the IP address for the Internet gateway on an Internet‑connected network interface. Usually, this is the Trusted zone. For more details on configuring Internet gateways, see the chapter Gateway Configuration.

Step 7. Specify the system DNS servers.

In the General settings section, specify the IP addresses of your provider's or corporate DNS servers.

Step 8. Register the product, if it was not registered at Step 4.

Register the product using the PIN code. For a successful registration, UGMC must have Internet access, and the previous steps must be completed.

For more details on product licensing, see the chapter UserGate Management Center Licensing.

Step 9. Create at least one managed realm.

In the Managed realms - Realms section, add a managed realm.

Step 10. Create an administrator for the managed realm just created.

In the Administrators section, create an administrator profile and grant it rights to manage the newly created realm. Create an administrator with this profile.

Step 11. (Optional) Create additional UGMC administrators.

In the Administrators section, create the desired profiles for managing UGMC services and create UGMC administrators with these profiles.

When the above steps are completed, UserGate Management Center is ready for use. For more detailed configuration, see the relevant chapters of this Guide.