VMware vCenter Server Appliance
The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is a SUSE Linux Enterpris based appliance that operates in the same way as a Windows based vCenter Server™. As these appliances are not built on Windows, they will not be collected as part of the Windows scanning process and will need to be separately inventoried. You can initiate a VCSA scan from the ‘Getting Started’ menu by selecting ‘First Scan’ then checking the ‘vCenter Appliances’ option. Once you have selected this option click on the ‘Next’ button.
On the ‘vCenter Appliances’ tab click on the ‘Add’ button and enter the appliances NetBIOS, FQDN or IP address. You will then need to enter the user name and password that has access to the appliance. When you enter credentials specific to VCSA and select ‘Save’ you will see ‘vCenter credentials added.’ at the bottom of the ‘vCenter Appliances’ tab. Repeat for each VCSA in your environment.
Now that you have identified your vCenter Appliance(s) and provided the appropriate credentials to access them, you are ready to scan your VCSA infrastructure. To initiate a scan click on the ‘Initiate Scan’ tab and select ‘Scan’.
To remove one or more appliances you have two options. You can highlight the server you wish to remove then click on the ‘Remove’ button to delete one device. Alternatively, click on the ‘Clear All’ button and all appliances will be removed.
IMPORTANT: Movere does not use any vCenter Single Sign-On identity sources for authentication. Instead, Movere uses SSH which means the user running the scan must have an account stored on the server housing the VCSA.
Just like all other accounts, VCSA credentials can be updated or deleted from the ‘Manage Credentials’ tab.
Once you have identified your vCenter Appliance(s) and provided the appropriate credentials to access them, you are ready to scan your VCSA infrastructure. To initiate a scan, click on the ‘Initiate Scan’ tab and select ‘Scan.’
To remove one or more appliances, you have three options. The first is to highlight the appliance you wish to remove and click the ‘Remove’ button. The second is the ‘Clear All’ button which will remove all appliances listed. The third option is closing the Movere Console and reopening it, this will also delete all appliances entered.
NOTE: Movere does not use vCenter Single Sign-On identity sources for authentication. Instead, Movere uses SSH which means the user running the scan must have an account stored on the server housing the VCSA and both SSH and BASH SHELL should be enabled.
How to identify and scan machines that are VCSAs
You will need to target VCSAs with a Linux-based accounts (preferably root) using the root or administrator format of a Linux credential. If you use a non-root account, you will need to first grant that account access to both the appliance and the postgres database housing the VCSA. Detailed instruction for scanning VCSA with a non-root account can be found in the article on: Querying a vCenter Appliance (VCSA) with a Non-Root Account https://support.movere.io/hc/en-us/articles/360001737408-Querying-a-vCenter-Appliance-VCSA-with-a-Non-Root-Account
You will then need to ensure you are scanning the correct VCSA devices in th portal at:
Device\Device List view on Operating System = SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server)
Due to data privacy policies Movere does not show the exact device names.
To run a targeted VCSA scan against these two machines directly, without targeting any other systems, open the Console and check only the scanning option for vCenter Appliances.
Please enter the username and password of the Linux account that has access to the VCSA after each VCSA is entered on the vCenter Appliances tab in the Console. Once these scans complete and are successful, you should see virtual linkage increase. In the event that these scans fail, you will have detailed log entries for these machines and this scan type.