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Obtaining the Tenable VMware Virtual Machine Image

The Tenable Appliance VM is available for VMware Server, VMware Player, VMware ESX, VMware Workstation, and VMware Fusion ( and can be downloaded from the Tenable Support Portal. Nessus, SecurityCenter, and PVS applications are currently available on the Appliance .

There are two versions of Appliance - Light and Standard. See the table below for version options/standards.

Note: SecurityCenter is only available on the Standard version.

  Light Standard
Data Collection Nessus and PVS Nessus and PVS
Data Analysis None Security Center
Automatic Updates Required Configurable
Offline Updates Available (4.4.0) Available
Download Size 700 MB 1.6 GB
Ram 8 GB 8 GB
Drive 50 GB 200 GB

The Tenable VMware image for VMware Server, VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware ESX server, and VMware Player is provided as an .ova file with the OS and applications in a 64-bit version.

Note: An internet connection is required when using the Light version for updates and upgrades. The Light Appliance requires a connection over port 443 to

Launch the VMware program and import the .ova file that was downloaded. Adjust the default VM settings as needed for the local environment. The boot process will be displayed in the VM console window when started. Note that it may take several minutes for the Application services to start. Once the boot process is complete, a console screen will be displayed as follows:

Please refer to the “Configuration and Operations” section for instructions on configuring the Appliance.

Note: The following VMware products work with the Virtual Appliance: ESX 5.0 or later, Fusion 4.0 or later, Workstation 8.0 or later, and most current versions of Player.

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