The Virtual Scanner option must be turned on for your account. Contact Qualys Support or your Technical Account Manager if you would like us to turn on this option for you.
You must be a Manager or a sub-user with the “Manage virtual scanner appliances” permission. This permission may be granted to Unit Managers. Your subscription may be configured to allow this permission to be granted to Scanners.
1) Go to Scans > Appliances and select New > Virtual Scanner Appliance. Click Start Wizard. You'll give your scanner a name and then walk through the steps to get your personalization code.
If you're a sub-user then you’ll need to pick an asset group that has been assigned to your business unit by a Manager user. Not seeing any asset groups? Please ask a Manager to assign an asset group (other than the All group) to your business unit.
2) Complete the configuration using the virtual scanner console or cloud platform (you'll enter the personalization code).
3) Verify activation is successful (you're done once you see the friendly name and IP address).
Virtual Scanner Appliance is available for a variety of platforms.
Local system or server: VMware Workstation, Player, Workstation Player, Fusion, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere: vCenter Server, ESXi, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Windows Server (Microsoft Hyper-V)
Cloud: Amazon EC2-Classic, Amazon EC2-VPC, Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform (ARM), Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform (ASM), Google Cloud Platform, OpenStack
Each appliance has a unique personalization code and you'll need this code to configure and activate your virtual scanner. You should have gotten the personalization code as you walked through the wizard. If you don't remember the code, go to Scans > Appliances and choose Info from the Quick Actions menu. The code is shown under General Information.
Your appliance needs to make a connection to our cloud platform. You'll see the friendly name and IP address when the activation is complete. It may take a few minutes for the appliance activation to occur.
Your appliance must be connected to our cloud platform. Go to the appliances list (Scans > Appliances) and check your appliance status. You'll see next to your appliance when it is ready to process scans.
Important: If your appliance isn't connected, you'll need to troubleshoot the issue before you can start scanning.
Users who are not Managers need to be granted access to an appliance in order to use it. If you are a Unit Manager and you activated the appliance, you won't be able to use the appliance for scanning until your Manager grants you access to it. Learn more
The friendly name helps you identify your appliance. We'll assign one automatically and you can change it at any time. Go to Scans > Appliances, hover over your appliance and select Edit.
By default Unit Managers (in business units) have full permissions to manage virtual appliances. As a Manager you can restrict access to just scanning by editing a Unit Manager's account and de-selecting the permission "Manage virtual scanner appliances". This way the Unit Manager will not have permissions to add virtual scanners, edit or delete them.
Your account can include a mix of physical, virtual and offline scanner appliances.
You can replace an appliance with a new one. Just go to Scans > Appliances > New > Replace Scanner Appliance.