Thursday , 27 October 2016

What is WatchGuard System Manager(WSM)

How to install a WatchGuard System Manager(WSM)What is WatchGuard System Manager(WSM) ?

WatchGuard builds affordable, all-in-one network and content security solutions to provide defense in depth for corporate content, networks and the businesses they power. WatchGuard’s award-winning Extensible Threat Management (XTM and XTMv) network security solutions combine firewall, VPN, and security services to protect networks from spam, viruses, malware, and intrusions.

WatchGuard System Manager (WSM) is the primary management software application used to monitor and manage WatchGuard XTM devices and WatchGuard servers. WSM is the primary software application you use to manage all the XTM devices and WatchGuard servers in your network.


WatchGuard System Manager (WSM) Components :-

WatchGuard System Manager (WSM) includes several other  monitoring and configuration tools, including Policy Manager, Firebox System Manager, HostWatch, CA  Manager, and Log and Report Manager. You can start these tools after you open WSM. WatchGuard  Server Center is the application you use to set up, configure, and manage the five WatchGuard servers,  as well as configure users and groups for role-based administration. watchguard1 When you install WSM on your management computer, you have the option to install any or all of the WatchGuard servers. When you select to install any of the servers, WatchGuard Server Center is automatically installed.


  • Management Server – Manages multiple XTM devices at the same time and creates virtual private network (VPN) tunnels with a simple drag-and-drop method.
  • Log Server – Collects log messages from XTM devices and servers.
  • Report Server – Periodically consolidates data collected by your Log Servers and uses this data to generate the reports that you select.
  • Quarantine Server – Collects and isolates SMTP email confirmed as spam by spamBlocker, or confirmed to have a virus by Gateway Antivirus or by spamBlocker’s Virus Outbreak Detection feature.
  • WebBlocker Server – Provides information for an HTTP-proxy to deny user access to specified categories of web sites.

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About Syed Balal Rumy

A 27 year Tech Geek and a blogger from India ( Bihar ) , live in New Delhi. I am MCITP , CEHv8 , CCNA , CCNA Security , CCNP Security , Security + and CCSA certified. Loves to write tech articles based on my real experiences.

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