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Installing GFI MailSecurity

NOTE: Before you install GFI MailSecurity, make sure to:

Log on as Administrator or use an account with administrative privileges.

Save any pending work you might have on the machine and close all open applications.

1. Run GFI MailSecurity set-up by double-clicking on MailSecurityGW.exe and as soon as the intro dialog shows up, click on the Next button

2. Confirm the License agreement and click on the Next button.

3. Enter your Name, Company, and License key. If you are evaluating the product, leave the license key as default (i.e. `Evaluation'). Click on the Next button.

4. Specify the administrator's email address or the address where email notifications are to be sent.

Screenshot 9 - Define if the server has access to all email users in the Active Directory

5. Setup will now ask you to select the mode which GFI MailSecurity will use to retrieve the list of your email users. You must select one of the following options:

  • Yes, all email users are available on Active Directory... - Select this option to continue installing GFI MailSecurity in Active Directory mode. In this mode, GFI MailSecurity creates email monitoring rules based on the list of users available in the Active Directory. This means that the machine on which GFI MailSecurity is being installed must be "behind" your firewall (e.g., Mail Server) and must have access to the Active Directory containing all your email users (i.e., the machine on which GFI MailSecurity is being installed must be part of the Active Directory domain).
  • No, I do not have Active Directory or my network does not have access to the active directory..... - Select this option to continue installing GFI MailSecurity in SMTP mode. In this mode, GFI MailSecurity will create email monitoring rules based on the list of email users/addresses imported from your mail server. You MUST select this mode if you are installing this software on a machine which does not have access to the Active Directory containing the complete list of all your email users. This includes machines on a DMZ or machines which are not part of the Active Directory Domain. However, you can still choose this mode to install GFI MailSecurity on machines which do have access to the Active Directory containing all your email users.

Click on the Next button to proceed with the installation.

Screenshot 10 - Define your SMTP server and GFI MailSecurity virtual folder details.

6. GFI MailSecurity relies on the IIS SMTP service to send and receive SMTP mail. It binds to your default SMTP virtual server (i.e., the server specified in the MX record of your DNS Server). However, if you have multiple SMTP virtual servers on your domain, you can bind GFI MailSecurity to any available SMTP virtual server. To change the default SMTP connection, select the required server from the list of available SMTP Virtual Servers provided in this dialog.

NOTE 1: For more information on IIS SMTP service settings refer to the `Installing and configuring the IIS SMTP & World Wide Web services' section in this manual.

NOTE 2: After installing the product, you can still bind GFI MailSecurity to another SMTP virtual server from the GFI MailSecurity Configuration (Console Root } Settings } Bindings). For more information, refer to the `SMTP server bindings' section in the General Settings chapter.

GFI MailSecurity can be configured and monitored remotely using a web browser. To be able to monitor and configure GFI MailSecurity remotely, you must specify the web location (i.e., the server) where the installation will create its virtual directory. To change this setting, select the required location from the available list. Finally, specify the name of the virtual directory or click on the Next button to leave as default (i.e., GFI MailSecurity).

7. Setup will now search your network and will import a list of your Local Domains from the IIS SMTP service. GFI MailSecurity determines if an email is inbound or outbound by comparing the domain in sender's address to the list of local domains. If the address exists in the list, then the email is outbound! Check that all your Local Domains have been included in the list on display. If not, make sure to add any unlisted domain after the installation completes. For more information refer to the `Adding local domains' section in the General Settings chapter. Click on the Next button to continue.

8. In order for GFI MailSecurity to handle high volumes of event processing, it requires MSMQ (Message Queuing Service) to be installed. Although this service is included in every version of Windows 2000/2003 and XP, it is not always installed by default.

Screenshot 11 - MSMQ installation dialog

The installation wizard will now check if this service is already installed on your system and if not, a dialogue will inform you that the installation of this service is required. Click on the Next button to confirm and continue with the installation of this service.

NOTE: You cannot continue installing GFI MailSecurity without having MSMQ installed. Clicking on the Cancel button will interrupt the installation process of both the MSMQ service and GFI MailSecurity.

9. Setup will now ask you to define the folder where GFI MailSecurity is to be installed. GFI MailSecurity requires approximately 40 MB of free hard disk space. In addition to this, you must reserve approximately 200 MB for temporary files. Click on the Change button to specify a new installation path or click on the Next button to leave as default and proceed with the installation.

10. The installation wizard has now collected all the required installation settings and is ready to install GFI MailSecurity. If you want to make changes to these settings, click on the Back button. Otherwise click on the Install button to start the installation process.

11. Upon completion, setup will inform you that it requires to restart the SMTP services. To instantly restart these services and finalize the installation, click on the Yes button.


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