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Change Auditor for VMWare 7.0.2 - User Guide

VMware Auditing page

The VMware Auditing page is displayed when VMware is selected from the Auditing task list in the navigation pane of the Administration Tasks page. From this page you can launch the VMware Auditing wizard to define templates specifying the VMware hosts to be audited. You can also edit existing templates, disable/enable templates and delete templates that are no longer being used.

The VMware Auditing page contains an expandable view of all the VMware Auditing templates that have been previously defined. To add a new template to this list, use the Add tool bar button. Once added, the following information is displayed for the template:

Indicates whether the template is enabled or disabled. To enable/disable the template, place your cursor in this Status cell, click the arrow control and select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.

VMware Auditing templates

To enable VMware auditing, first create a VMware Auditing template which specifies the VMware hosts to audit and the agent used to monitor the selected VMware hosts.

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Click Auditing.
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Select VMware (under the Applications heading in the Auditing task list) to open the VMware Auditing page.
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Click Add to open the VMware Auditing wizard which will step you through the process of creating a VMware Auditing template.
Template Name - Enter a name for the template.
VMware Host - Enter the IP address or name (the name entered must be resolvable) of the vCenter Server or of an individual host computer to be audited and click Add to add it to the VMware Host list.
NOTE: To audit one or more hosts on a specific vCenter Server, use the Find ESX Hosts button to search for and select the ESX hosts to be audited. Clicking this button displays the Find ESX Hosts dialog, where you will be asked to enter the information/credentials for the vCenter Server for which you want to view ESX hosts. After entering the vCenter Server information/credentials, click Search to retrieve a list of hosts. Select one or more hosts from the list and click OK to save your selection and close the dialog. The selected hosts will now be displayed in the VMware Host list in the auditing wizard.
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Click Next to select the agent to be used for VMware auditing.
Once you have selected an agent, click OK to save your selection and close this dialog. Back on the wizard page, the agent information (Agent, Domain and Agent FQDN) is displayed for the selected Change Auditor for VMWare agent.
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Click Set Credentials and enter the credentials to be used to access the selected vCenter Server or VMware hosts. After entering the credentials, click OK to close the credentials dialog.

If you specified multiple machines (for example, vCenter Servers and/or ESX hosts) in the auditing template, all of these machines must use the same credentials.

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When valid credentials are entered, a Certificate Notice is displayed for each computer selected for auditing. Click OK to accept the certificates. Once valid credentials are supplied and the certificates have been accepted, click Finish to close the wizard and create the template.
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On the Administration Tasks tab, click Configuration. Select Agent in the Configuration task list to open the Agent Configuration page.
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Select the agent assigned to the VMware Auditing template (Auditing appears in the VMware column) and click Refresh Configuration to ensure the agent is using the latest configuration.
Place your cursor in the Status cell for the template to be disabled, click the arrow control and select Disabled.
The entry in the Status column for the template will change to ‘Disabled’.
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To re-enable the auditing template, use the Enable option in either the Status cell or right-click menu.
Place your cursor in the Status cell for the host to be disabled, click the arrow control and select Disabled
The entry in the Status column for the host will change to ‘Disabled’.
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To re-enable the auditing of a host, use the Enable option in either the Status cell or right-click menu.

VMware Auditing wizard

The VMware Auditing wizard is displayed when you click Add or Edit on the VMware Auditing page. From this wizard, specify the VMware hosts to be audited and the Change Auditor for VMWare agent to be used to monitor the selected VMware hosts.

The following table provides a description of the fields and controls in the VMware Auditing wizard.

Template Name

Enter a descriptive name for the VMware auditing template.

VMware Host

Enter the IP address or name (must be resolvable) of the vCenter Server or of a VMware host that is to be audited.

Add

After entering the IP address or name of a host in the VMware Host text box, click e Add to add the host to the VMware Host selection list.

Find ESX Hosts

Clicking this button displays the Find ESX Hosts dialog allowing you to search a vCenter Server to select the ESX hosts that are to be audited. On this dialog, enter the IP address or name (and port) of the vCenter Server for which you want to view ESX hosts. Click Search to retrieve a list of hosts on the selected vCenter Server. Select one or more hosts from the list and click OK to save your selection and close the dialog.

Remove

To remove a host from auditing, select it in the VMware Host selection list and click Remove to the right of the list box.

VMware Host selection list

This list box displays the following information about the VMware hosts selected for auditing.

VMware Host - Displays the IP address or name of the host selected for auditing.
Port - Displays the port to be used for communication. This will display the default SSL port (443). If this is not the correct port number for a host, use the arrow controls to change it.

Use the second page of the wizard to select the agent to be used to monitor the selected VMware hosts and to enter the credentials to be used to access the VMware hosts.

Browse

Displays the Eligible Change Auditor Agents dialog allowing you to select an agent from the list of deployed agents.

Once an agent is selected the following details are displayed:

Set Credentials

Displays the VMware Host Credentials dialog allowing you to enter the credentials to be used to access the computers (vCenter Servers and/or hosts) selected on the first page of the wizard.

Clear Credentials

Allows you to clear previously entered credentials.

Change Auditor for VMWare Agent

Once a Change Auditor for VMWare agent has been selected, the following information is displayed:

VMware events polling interval

From the Agent Configuration page on the Administration Tasks tab you can view and/or modify the VMware polling interval.

Use the VMware tab at the top of the Configuration Setup dialog to define the polling interval to be used to retrieve VMware events.

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