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Obtaining the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Image

The Tenable Appliance VM is available for Microsoft’s Hyper-V server ( and can be downloaded from the Tenable Virtual Appliance 4.8 section of the Tenable Downloads page. Nessus,, and Nessus Network Monitor applications are currently available on the Appliance.

The Tenable Hyper-V image for Microsoft’s Hyper-V server is provided as a .zip file in a 64-bit version with a file name in the format similar to the following:

Note: It may take several minutes to download the files depending on your Internet connection speed.

Note: The interface used for the Appliance should be configured with a static MAC address, not a dynamic one.

Once it has been downloaded, extract the file using an unzip utility. The zip file contains two files: OS.vhd and Data.vhd. These are the virtual hard disks to be used when creating a new hypervisor instance. This instance must be a hardware version 1 instance. During the creation, select the OS.vhd as the initial hard drive. Once created, and prior to the initial launch, edit the settings and add the Data.vhd as an additional hard disk. It may be desirable to expand the size of the Data.vhd at this time. If snapshots are associated with the disk, it may not be expanded.

Note: The OS disk is fixed and the Data disk is dynamic. The Appliance disk usage should be monitored and, possibly, expanded it if the data disk gets low.

Start the virtual machine. The boot process will be displayed in the VM console window. 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:

Refer to the Configuration and Operations section for instructions on configuring the Appliance.

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