VMware vSensor Getting Started Guide

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This guide is intended to help customers or partners deploy vSensors in VMware environments and pair them to your Cognito Brain. It will cover basic background information, connectivity requirements (firewall rules that may be needed in your environment), vCenter integration, deployment of the vSensor in VMware, and pairing

This guide is meant to be used in conjunction with the Quick Start Guides for any physical Cognito appliances in your environment and the Vectra Cognito Platform Getting Started Guide. Those guides cover deployment and pairing of physical Cognito appliances and initial settings for the platform. vSensors behave much in the same way that physical Sensors do. One advantage is that there is no cost to deploy a vSensor other than your own costs to provide and maintain the infrastructure they run in. vSensors also allow you to capture and analyze traffic that only exists in the virtual environment. You can even use vSensors in place of physical Sensors if virtualized deployment is the norm in your environment.


  • About VMware vSensor Images
  • VMware vSensor Requirements and Throughput
  • Connectivity Requirements
  • About VMware vCenter Integration
    • Physical Hosts View
    • vCenter Host ID artifacts
    • Additional Host context for analysts
    • vCenter alerts
  • Enabling vCenter Integration
    • Prepare vSphere account for Brain access
    • Configure vCenter/vSphere integration
  • vSensor Deployment in VMware
    • Requirements
    • Downloading the latest vSensor VMware OVA image
    • VMware vSwitch types and port group guidance
    • VMware physical hosts and vSensor coverage
    • VMware networking interface guidance
    • Deploying the OVA
      • Deploying using your vCenter/vSphere client or web UI for standalone ESXi servers
      • Deploying a vSensors using the Vectra CLI on your Brain
      • Deploying a vSensor using the VMware PowerCLI
  • Capturing Physical Network Traffic Using a vSensor
    • Method 1: Dedicated link to ESXi host
    • Method 2: Utilizing a VLAN tag over an existing trunked link
  • Initial vSensor Configuration at CLI
  • Pairing vSensors
  • Additional Pairing Guidance
  • Worldwide Support Contact Information
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