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 scanning requirements must be met. This article explains how you can scan a VMware server directly by setting up a user with read-only access to the server.

If your Lansweeper installation is running on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, VMware scanning may fail due to a handshake failure. More info and instructions for resolving this issue can be found in this article in VMware's knowledge base.
In order for Lansweeper to link your VMware guest assets to their hosts, you also need to ensure that the VMware Tools are installed on the guest machines.


To set up a user with read-only access to your server, 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.
    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.

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