Security Manager for VMware ESXi
Date Published: September 2011
Security Manager for VMware ESXi allows you to monitor VMware ESX and ESXi systems. This module provides knowledge so you can proactively manage ESX and ESXi systems and identify issues before they become critical. By detecting and alerting on critical events in real time, Security Manager for VMware ESXi helps indicate and prevent possible intrusions, attacks, and configuration problems. This module increases the security, availability, and performance of ESX and ESXi systems.
Security Manager for VMware ESXi monitors syslog messages generated by ESX and ESXi systems, including the following:
Security Manager for VMware ESXi highlights events that may indicate configuration changes or attacks, so you can quickly take corrective or preventative action. For example, Security Manager for VMware ESXi enables you to perform the following tasks:
Security Manager for VMware ESXi also collects events from logs and stores them in secure repositories so you can archive the data, create reports for management or auditing purposes, and analyze critical events to research issues. Security Manager for VMware ESXi collects all log messages you configure the ESX or ESXi system to send.
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This document outlines why you should install this module, lists any installation requirements, and identifies any known issues.
This release supports the following products:
Why Install This Module?
Security Manager for VMware ESXi provides support for data received from monitored VMware ESX or ESXi systems. The volume and type of data that Security Manager for VMware ESXi collects is determined by the configuration of the ESX or ESXi system and the policies you have created on the ESX or ESXi system.
The following table lists additional requirements for a Windows agent. For more information about agent requirements, see the Installation Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
Installing This Module
Install the module using the Module Installer utility. For more information about installing modules, see the Installation Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
You can verify successful installation of the module in the Module Installer. After the installation completes, verify the Status column indicates the module is current and the module version listed in the Installed Version column is the same as the version in the Available Version column.
After you install the module, run the Configuration Wizard to configure Security Manager for VMware ESXi. For more information about using the Configuration Wizard, see the User Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
Configuring ESX and ESXi for Remote Logging
After you install the module, you must configure the ESX or ESXi system to log events to a remote host where Security Manager for VMware ESXi can access them.
To configure ESX or ESXi remote logging:
ESX and ESXi Event Fields Used by Security Manager
Security Manager for VMware ESXi collects various fields from the data received from the ESX and ESXi systems. Security Manager stores some of those fields in the log archive and uses some fields for generating real-time alerts or in Forensic Analysis queries.
The following table lists the ESX and ESXi data fields most commonly used by Security Manager and maps those fields to the corresponding names and values used for real-time alerting, log archival, and Forensic Analysis. You can use these fields to create processing rules or Forensic Analysis queries tailored to your specific environment. For more information about processing rules, see the Programming Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
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