Netwrix Auditor for VMware
Free VMware monitoring tool that keeps you up to date on all changes in your virtual environments
VP of Technical Operations, North Island Credit Union
The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for VMware provides visibility into what’s happening with VMware by tracking changes to the configuration of your virtual environments, including changes to data center instances, VMware vCenter, VMware ESX and ESXi servers, resource pools, clusters, folders, virtual machines, and other objects. Daily activity summaries sent by this free VMware reporting tool detail every change during the last 24 hours, including the before and after values for modified objects and object attributes. Using this VMware utility will eliminate the need to analyze mountains of cryptic logs and enable your IT administrators to maintain full control over VMware environment in an efficient manner.
Better than other free VMware reporting tools
Continuous auditing of your VMware infrastructure is absolutely necessary to ensure that VMware components are performing properly, all business-critical services are available and servers do not run out of resources. But the native VMware event console and the majority of free VMware monitoring software tools do not provide a simple and efficient way of auditing VMware configuration changes. The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for VMware outperforms these free VMware tools by delivering meaningful audit data in a convenient and timely manner.
Keeping an eye on changes made to the objects in your virtual environment is essential for timely detection of suspicious activity that might violate your security policies. Free edition of Netwrix Auditor for VMware continuously tracks and automatically reports on security changes in your VSphere virtualization platform. Daily reports enable you to identify unwanted modifications and prevent virtual machine sprawl — things that most other free VMware tools simply don’t provide with the same level of efficiency and convenience.
Awareness versus Complete Visibility
Once you start using Netwrix Auditor for VMware, you will get full functionality for free for 20 days. After that, you can either activate the Free Community Edition or apply a commercial license. If you choose the Community Edition, it will still provide VM monitoring, but like all free VMware software, it has some feature limitations, as detailed below.
|Reporting on changes in VMware|
|Before and after values for all modifications|
|Daily activity summary sent automatically to a single recipient|
|"What," "when" and "where" details for each reported event|
|"Who" details for each reported event|
|Predefined reports with filtering, sorting and exporting options|
|Email subscriptions to scheduled reports with the ability to choose reports, recipients and reporting frequency|
|Advanced cross-system auditing and reporting|
|User behavior and blind spot analysis|
|Out-of-the-box compliance reports mapped to specific regulatory standards (PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA/NIST800-53 and ISO/IEC 27001)|
|Google-like search of audit data|
|Alerts on threat patterns|
|Long-term storage of audit data|
|Role-based access control|
|Optional lightweight, non-intrusive mode of data collection used for traffic compression|
|Single installation that handles multiple VMware vSphere instances, each with its own unique settings|
Technical Services Manager, Eclipse Group Solutions Ltd.
Installation of Netwrix Auditor for VMware is very quick and perfectly easy. Below are the minimum system requirements.
- 2 cores
- 4GB RAM
- 100 GB – System drive
- 100 GB – Data drive (Long-Term Archive and SQL Server)
- Minimum 1280 x 1024
- Recommended 1920 x 1080 or higher
- Windows Desktop OS (64-bit): Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Windows Server OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
- Any .NET Framework that goes with your OS: 3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5, or 4.6
- Windows Installer 3.1 and above