Installing GFI LanGuard

Important notes

Before running the installation wizard:

Installation procedure

  1. Log in using administrator credentials on the machine where you want to install GFI LanGuard.
  2. Right-click the GFI LanGuard installer and choose Properties. From the General tab, click Unblock and then Apply. This step is required to prevent the operating system from blocking certain actions by the installer.
  3. Launch the GFI LanGuard installer.
  4. Select the language for your installation and click OK.


  • The GFI LanGuard Central Management Server and all GFI LanGuard instances joined to it need to be installed in the same language.
  • The graphical user interface of the GFI LanGuard Central Management Server is available only in English, including in instances when GFI LanGuard is installed in another language.

Select components to be installed

  1. From the list of components, select GFI LanGuard and click Next. The installation wizard will automatically download and install any missing components.


An Internet connection is required to download missing components.

  1. In the Username and Password fields, enter your GFI Accounts area credentials or the account used when signing up to download GFI LanGuard. Click Sync to retrieve the license keys registered to your account. Choose a key from the Available keys drop-down. If you do not have a GFI account or if you do not have a license key, click Sign up here and fill in the registration form. You may also manually specify a license key in the Enter license key field. Click OK when a valid license is specified. For more information refer to Obtaining a GFI LanGuard subscription.

Configure the database server

  1. In the database server configuration window provide the following details:
Database server name The name of the Microsoft SQL server where the GFI LanGuard database is hosted.
SQL database name Displays the database name. GFI LanGuard keeps the default name of the database. During an upgrade, you may decide to specify a different database name so that you can use a clean database while maintaining the old database from a previous version.
Use Windows Authentication Select this option if you want the GFI LanGuard to use the Microsoft Windows credentials of the currently logged in user when connecting to the Microsoft SQL database.
Username / Password If GFI LanGuard is not using Windows Authentication when connecting to the Microsoft SQL database, provide the username and password to be able to connect to the database.
  1. In the GFI LanGuard welcome screen, click Next.

End-user license agreement

  1. Read the licensing agreement carefully. To proceed with the installation, select I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next.

Attendant service credentials

  1. Key in the administrator credentials and password. The credentials are used for the service account under which scheduled operations run. Click Next.


It is highly recommended to provide a valid username and password and not to skip this option. Scan and remediation processes will fail if the credentials do not have permission on the remote machines.

  1. Click Install to install GFI LanGuard in the default location or Browse to change the path.
  2. Click Finish to finalize the installation.

When launched for the first time, GFI LanGuard automatically enables auditing on the local computer and scans the local computer for vulnerabilities. On completion, the GFI LanGuard Home page displays the vulnerability result.


Test your installation after the product is installed. For more information refer to Testing the installation.

See also:

Quick Trial Guide