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This document describes the installation and operation of the Tenable Appliance. The Tenable Appliance is a browser-managed application that hosts various Tenable enterprise applications including Nessus, SecurityCenter (SC), and the Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS). A link is provided for the Log Correlation Engine (LCE) application, which will be available in a future release.

The Tenable Appliance is available as either a Virtual Machine download or as a physical hardware appliance. The functionality is nearly identical for both, but there are some differences in the installation. Applications are available for installation on an as-needed basis on the appliance and may be enabled or disabled conveniently under one platform. Please email any comments and suggestions to


The following abbreviations are used throughout this documentation:

Tenable Appliance Platform

The Tenable Appliance VM is available for Microsoft’s HyperV platform, VMware Server, VMware Player, VMware ESX, VMware Workstation, and VMware Fusion ( and may be downloaded from the Tenable Support Portal located at The Tenable Appliance is also available as Series 100,200, or 300 hardware models, which can be obtained by contacting

Skill Requirements

It is recommended that the Tenable Appliance be configured by personnel familiar with the Nessus vulnerability scanner, Tenable Enterprise Solutions (SC, LCE, and PVS), and the organization’s security policies and procedures. If training is required for Nessus or Tenable Enterprise Solutions, please visit:

When using the VM version of the appliance, some general knowledge of the Virtual Machine platform being used is required.

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