Installing Web Gateway

You can install a McAfee® Web Gateway (Web Gateway) appliance on different platforms and configure different modes of network integration. You can also set up and administer multiple appliances as nodes in a Central Management cluster.


You can install an appliance on different platforms.

  • Hardware-based appliance — On a physical hardware platform
  • Virtual appliance — On a virtual machine

Network integration

In your network, an appliance can intercept, filter, and transmit web traffic in different modes.

  • Explicit proxy mode — The clients that the appliance communicates with are aware of it. You must configure them “explicitly” to direct their traffic to the appliance.
  • Transparent modes — The clients are not aware of the appliance.
    • Transparent bridge — The appliance acts as an “invisible” bridge between its clients and the web. You need not configure the clients for this.
    • Transparent router — The appliance routes traffic according to a routing table, which you need to fill out.

Administration and updates

You can administer an appliance and have updates distributed in different ways.

  • Standalone — Administer the appliance separately and let it not receive updates from other appliances.
  • Central Management — Set up the appliance as a node in a complex configuration, which is also known as a cluster.

    You can administer all nodes from the interface of any individual node, including the distribution of updates.