Configure vSphere Scanning

You can configure a scan to scan the following virtual environments:

  • ESXi/vSphere managed by vCenter

  • ESXi/vSphere that is not managed by vCenter

  • Virtual machines

Scenario 1: Scanning ESXi/vSphere Not Managed by vCenter

To configure an ESXi/vSphere scan that is not managed by vCenter:

  1. Create a scan.
  2. In the Basic scan settings, in the Targets section, type the IP address(es) of the ESXi host(s).

  3. Click the Credentials tab.

    The Credentials options appear.

  4. From the Categories drop-down, select Miscellaneous.

    A list of miscellaneous credential types appears.

  5. Click VMware ESX SOAP API.

  6. In the Username box, type the username associated with the local ESXi account.

  7. In the Password box, type the password associated with the local ESXi account.

  8. If your vCenter host includes an SSL certificate (not a self-signed certificate), deselect the Do not verify SSL Certificate check box. Otherwise, select the check box.

  9. Click Save.

Scenario 2: Scanning vCenter-Managed ESXI/vSpheres

To configure an ESXi/vSphere scan managed by vCenter:

  1. Create a scan.
  2. In the Basic scan settings, in the Targets section, type the IP addresses of:

    • the vCenter host.

    • the ESXi host(s).

  3. Click the Credentials tab.

    The Credentials options appear.

  4. From the Categories drop-down, select Miscellaneous.

    A list of miscellaneous credential types appears.

  5. Click VMware vCenter SOAP API.

  6. In the vCenter Host box, type the IP address of the vCenter host.

  7. In the vCenter Port box, type the port for the vCenter host. By default, this value is 443.

  8. In the Username box, type the username associated with the local ESXi account.

  9. In the Password box, type the password associated with the local ESXi account.

  10. If the vCenter host is SSL enabled, enable the HTTPS toggle.

  11. If your vCenter host includes an SSL certificate (not a self-signed certificate), select the Verify SSL Certificate check box. Otherwise, deselect the check box.

  12. Click Save.

Scenario 3: Scanning VMs

You can scan VMs just like any other host on the network. Be sure to include the IP address(es) of your VM in your scan targets. For more information, see Create a Scan.