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Windows Command Line Operations

You must run all programs as a local user with administrative privileges. To do so, when UAC is enabled, right-click on the installer program and select Run as Administrator.

Start or Stop PVS

Action Command to Manage PVS

Start

net start "Tenable PVS Proxy"

Stop

net stop "Tenable PVS Proxy"

Alternatively, PVS can be managed via the Services control panel utility. Under the list of services, find Tenable PVS Proxy Service. Right click on the service to provide a list of options for the services, including the ability to start or stop the Tenable PVS or Tenable PVS Proxy service.

File Locations

PVS installs its files in the following locations:

Path Purpose

C:\Program Files\Tenable\PVS

Contains PVS binaries and dependent libraries.

C:\ProgramData\Tenable\PVS

Contains all data files consumed and output by PVS and PVS Proxy (e.g., configuration, plugins, logs, and reports).

Note: This directory does not appear unless the Windows Hidden Files and Folders option is enabled.

The following table contains the folder layout under C:\ProgramData\Tenable\PVS:

Folder Purpose

docs

Contains the software license agreement for PVS.

pvs

Parent folder for PVS logs, reports, plugins, and scripts directories. Also contains the pvs-services file.

db

Contains the database files relating to the configuration, reports, and users for PVS.

kb

Stores the PVS knowledge base, if used.

logs

Contains PVS logs.

plugins

Contains the PVS plugins delivered via SecurityCenter, the PVS Feed, or updated via the command line or web interface if PVS is running in Offline mode.

Note: Do not change this path from the default C:\ProgramData\Tenable\PVS\pvs if SecurityCenter CV is being used to manage the plugins.

pvs-services

A file PVS uses to map service names to ports. This file may be edited by the user. Plugin updates do not overwrite modifications to the file.

reports

Contains reports generated by PVS with the exception of .nsr. This folder contains the .nessus file generated by default.

scripts

Contains the files for the PVS Web server.

ssl

Contains SSL certificates used by the proxy and web server for the SSL connection between itself and SecurityCenter CV or the web browser.

users

Contains folders for user files and reports.

www

Contains the files for the PVS web front-end.

pvs-proxy

Parent folder for files used/created by the PVS proxy.

logs

Contains PVS proxy and PVS proxy service logs.

scans

By default, PVS creates the .nsr file in the scans folder. The proxy is then responsible for handling the report to SecurityCenter CV when SecurityCenter CV attempts to pull it.

run

Contains process ID temporary files.

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