Understanding the vGW Series Introspection VMs Tab

The vGW Security Design VM Introspection feature VMs tab lets you monitor software installed on a selected VM or on a group of VMs. You can display or hide information about the operating system and about applications running on the VM, including details about installed service packs and hotfixes. You can use this feature to determine if software is present or absent on one or more VMs. The VMs tab is useful in determining which VMs have certain types of software installed.

In Figure 94, VMs in the User-Defined Groups which is selected in the VM tree are scanned to determine if they contain the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile.

Figure 94: vGW Series Introspection Module VMs Tab

vGW Series Introspection Module VMs Tab

There are many ways to use this feature. For example, you can

To search for a specific item in the list by name or vendor, click the Name or Vendor column heading in the details table, and then type the name of the software or vendor in the Text filter box. The list refreshes to show entries that match your specification.

You can also search the VMs to discover those that contain specific software and then filter based on a group setting in the VM Tree. To do so, select the group in the VM Tree, and then select one or more types of software in the table.

For example, select the filter VMs with presence/absence of select Applications, and then choose All Present, Any Present, All Absent, Any Absent from the menu. A list of VMs meeting your criteria appears in the lower table.

vGW Series Introspection feature can discover installed software regardless of firewall settings. Because vGW Security VMs are responsible for most of the scanning, Introspection does rely on the vGW Security Design VM. That is, by default the scan is performed by the vGW Security VM. However, it is possible to scan a VM on which the vGW Security VM is not installed. In this case, the scan can be performed by the vGW Security Design VM.

Warning: TCP Port 902 must be open between the vGW Security Design VM and the ESX/ESXi hosts for Introspection to work properly if the vGW Security Design VM is performing it.

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