The G DATA Management Server

G DATA Management Server is the management tool of G DATA Business Solutions and works as a service in the background.

Betrieb innerhalb und außerhalb einer Domäne

The G DATA Management Server can be installed on a system within a domain network, as well as on a system outside a domain (DMZ, Workgroup).

If the G DATA Management Server is not part of the clients' domain network, installing the client software from the G DATA Management Server can be problematic. In this case, it is better to distribute the client software via install package (this can be done script-based). In this case, it is also not possible to manage the clients via AD coupling.

For the client management, supply and control by G DATA Management Server, it is irrelevant whether the G DATA Management Server is located inside or outside your domain.

The modes of operation

The G DATA Management Server can be installed in three operating modes: G DATA MainServer, G DATA SubnetServer or G DATA SecondaryServer. The operating modes cannot be run in combination on one ManagementServer. For each additional mode, another installation on a separate server is necessary.

G DATA MainServer

A G DATA MainServer should always be available for the clients.

Its tasks are:

  • Downloading the latest virus signatures and program updates to make them available to the G DATA Security Clients.

  • Loading the required Linux distribution’s repositories.

  • The setting of your software components depending on the purchased licence G DATA Antivirus, G DATA Client Security Business, G DATA Endpoint Protection Business as well as the additional modules.

  • The management of all data in the database.

  • Active forwarding of relevant information for the IT admin in the event of abnormalities of the clients (alarm messages).

G DATA SecondaryServer

The G DATA SecondaryServer is used for resilience security.

The operation of the G DATA Management Server ensures the execution of many security-related actions. In the event of a failure, dangerous situations may arise. (For example, G DATA Security Clients will not receive virus signatures, administrators will not receive information and will no longer be able to access settings).

To avoid a dangerous situation, another G DATA Management Server is installed as a G DATA SecondaryServer. The database of the G DATA MainServer is assigned to this server. If the G DATA MainServer fails, the clients contact the G DATA SecondaryServer.

In order to safeguard against a hardware failure of the G DATA MainServer, the database must be located externally on a third computer.

G DATA SubnetServer

The G DATA SubnetServer is used, among other things, to relieve weak connections of a subnet to the main network.

Even if clients of a branch build a separate network without connection to the actual main network (or the Internet), a contact of the clients can be realised via a single server with connection to the main network by means of G DATA SubnetServer. The G DATA SubnetServer needs its own database, as the records of the assigned clients are synchronised with the database of the G DATA MainServer. This allows the clients to be clearly managed from the G DATA MainServer.

The G DATA SubnetServer can only load virus signatures from the G DATA Management Server, not directly from the G DATA UpdateServers.

The G DATA SubnetServer does not have an interface (administrator), as the associated clients are managed from the G DATA MainServer. The G DATA SubnetServer only serves as an information mediator.