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Manual Installation of the GravityZone Image on an Ubuntu Machine

GravityZone is a business security solution built from ground-up for virtualization and cloud to deliver security services to physical endpoints, mobile devices, virtual machines in private, public cloud and Exchange mail servers. GravityZone is one product with a unified management console to provide a single point for deploying, enforcing and managing security policies for any number of endpoints and of any type, in any location.

GravityZone Enterprise Security is delivered as a Linux Ubuntu self-configuring hardened virtual appliance, embedded into a virtual machine image, which you can import and run on any virtualization platform. By default, Bitdefender provides GravityZone under several formats, such as OVA, VHD or XVA. When the virtual environment uses an unsupported format, such as Amazon AMI, manual installation is an option.

This article aims to explain how to manually install GravityZone on an Ubuntu machine, when the provided virtual appliance format is not supported by the virtual environment.



RAM Memory: 8 GB

Processor: Quad-Core (virtual equivalent to 4 vCPU)

HDD: 128 GB (SSD, if available)


Ubuntu Server 16.04.4


  • On the physical server, install Ubuntu 16.04.4, with a valid internet connection from the link above
  • Provide a new user account named bdadmin, when prompted to Set up users and passwords
  • Select OpenSSH server when prompted to choose Software selection

Installation steps

Connect to the machine using SSH (username bdadmin), and enter the following in the CLI:

$ sudo -i

# mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.orig

# echo "deb bitdefender non-free">> /etc/apt/sources.list

# curl -sS | apt-key add -

# dpkg --remove-architecture i386

# export DEBIAN_FRONTEND="noninteractive"

# apt-get update

# apt-get -y --allow-unauthenticated install gzinstallwizard gzpackagemanager gzvasyncmanager gzvaupdater

# apt-get -y dist-upgrade

# apt-get -y autoremove

# reboot

Install roles from CLI. For the administration of the GravityZone machine please use the following document: Bitdefender GravityZone Installation Guide

Further on, you will need to manually install the Security Server. For details on the installation procedure, refer to this KB article.

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