VMware server scanning requirements

VMware servers can be scanned directly with a read-only credential to the server or indirectly through their vCenter server. To scan a VMware ESX(i) server directly, certain requirements must be met. Specifically, you must set up a user with read-only access to the server. In order for Lansweeper to link your VMware guest assets to their hosts, you must also ensure that the VMware Tools are installed on the guest machines.

This article explains how to set up a user with read-only access to your VMware server, so you can submit it as a scanning credential in Lansweeper. There are instructions for both the VMware web client and locally installed vSphere client.

Configuring a VMware server with web client

To set up an account with read-only access to your VMware server by using the server's web client, do the following:

  1. Log into your VMware server's web interface.
  2. Under the Host menu, select Manage
  3. Select the Security & users tab and the Users menu within this tab.
  4. Hit the Add user button and submit a name, description and password for your user. Hit Add afterwards. Be aware that your username is case-sensitive.
  5. Right-click the Host menu and select Permissions
  6. Hit the Add user button, select the user you created earlier and the Read-only role. Hit Add User and then Close afterwards.
  7. Your account should now be ready for use and you now meet the VMware scanning requirements. You can start scanning the VMware server by following the instructions in this knowledge base article.
  8. In order for Lansweeper to link your VMware guest assets to their hosts, also ensure that the VMware Tools are installed on the guest machines.

Configuring a VMware server with local vSphere client

To set up an account with read-only access to your VMware server by using a locally installed vSphere client, do the following:

  1. Log into your VMware server's vSphere client.
    VMware vSphere Client
  2. Select your VMware server on the left, right-click within the Local Users & Groups tab and select Add...
    VMware Local Users & Groups
  3. Submit your preferred username in the upper two input boxes of the resulting popup, your preferred password in the lower two input boxes and hit OK. Be aware that your username is case-sensitive.
    VMware Add New User
  4. Right-click within the Permissions tab and select Add Permission...
    VMware Permissions
  5. In the resulting popup, select the read-only role and hit the Add... button.
    assigning VMware read-only role to meet scanning requirements
  6. Select the user you created earlier, hit Add and then OK twice.
    creating VMware read-only user to meet scanning requirements
  7. Your account should now be ready for use and you now meet the VMware scanning requirements. You can start scanning the VMware server by following the instructions in this knowledge base article.
  8. In order for Lansweeper to link your VMware guest assets to their hosts, also ensure that the VMware Tools are installed on the guest machines.

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