How to scan a VMware server

VMware servers can be scanned directly with a read-only credential to the server or indirectly through their vCenter server. This article explains how to scan the servers directly. Scanned VMware ESX(i) data includes disks, installed guest machines, network interfaces, manufacturer, model, memory, processor, uptime and more. If the server's guest machines are scanned as separate assets and have the VMware Tools installed, the Lansweeper webpage of the VMware server also links to the Lansweeper webpages of the guest assets.

VMware server details

To scan a VMware server directly, do the following:

  1. Make sure you meet the VMware server scanning requirements.
  2. Submit your server's IP range for scanning by hitting the Add Scanning Target button in the Scanning\Scanning Targets section of the 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.
    submitting an IP range for scanning
  3. Submit your VMware 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 VMware servers by editing the Global ESXi credential or submit a non-global credential with the Add new Credential button.
    adding a VMware credential
  4. If the credential you set up is not a global credential, map the credential to your server's IP range by hitting the + Credential button next to the range on the same page.
    mapping a VMware credential
  5. Wait for your scanning schedules to trigger or initiate an immediate scan by hitting the Scan now button next to the range under Scanning\Scanning Targets
    Scan Now under Scanning Targets
  6. Monitor the progress of your scan request under Scanning\Scanning Queue

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