How to scan a vCenter server

vCenter scanning is a feature introduced in Lansweeper 7.0. If you are using an older Lansweeper release, you will need to update by following the instructions in this knowledge base article.
Not all Lansweeper licenses support vCenter scanning. If your particular license does not support this feature, please visit this page for more information.

From Lansweeper 7.0 onward, you can scan your VMware virtual environments using vCenter credentials. Scanned vCenter data includes version, build, OS, manufacturer, network interfaces, datacenters, ESXi servers, datastores, VMware guests and more. If VMware guests are scanned as separate assets as well, Lansweeper will automatically link them to the correct ESXi server and vCenter server.

To scan a vCenter server, do the following:

  1. Make sure you meet the vCenter scanning requirements.
  2. Submit your vCenter server's IP range for scanning by hitting the Add Scanning Target button in the Scanning\Scanning Targets section of the web console. If you have multiple scanning servers, there will be a separate configuration tab for each server. When submitting your range, you will be asked to specify a scanning schedule.
    Scanning Targets menu
    submitting an IP range for scanning
  3. Submit your vCenter username and password as a credential in the Scanning\Scanning Credentials section of the web console. You can use the same username and password for all vCenter servers by editing the Global vCenter credential or submit a non-global credential with the Add new Credential button.
    Scanning Credentials menu
    vCenter credential
  4. If the credential you set up is not a global credential, map the credential to your vCenter server's IP address or IP range by hitting the Map Credential button on the same page.
    vCenter credential mapping
  5. Wait for your scanning schedules to trigger or initiate an immediate scan by hitting the Scan now button next to the scan target under Scanning\Scanning Targets
  6. Monitor the progress of your scan request under Scanning\Scanning Queue
    Scanning Queue menu

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