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Installing GravityZone Security for Virtualized Environments

Bitdefender GravityZone provides full visibility into organizations’ overall security posture, global security threats, and control over its security services that protect virtual or physical desktops, servers and mobile devices. All Bitdefender’s Enterprise Security solutions are managed within the GravityZone through a single console, Control Center, that provides control, reporting, and alerting services for various roles within the organization.

This article is meant to help you correctly install Security for Virtualized Environments in your network.

Overview

To protect your virtual machines with Security for Virtualized Environments, you must install at least one Security Server in your virtual environment and Bitdefender Tools (the client software) on the virtual machines you want to protect.

Security Server is a dedicated virtual machine that de-duplicates and centralizes most of the antimalware functionality of antimalware clients, acting as a scan server.

You must install Security Server on hosts as follows:

  • In VMware environments with vShield Endpoint, you must install the purpose-built appliance on each host to be protected. All virtual machines on a host are automatically connected via vShield Endpoint to the Security Server instance installed on that host. For VMware environments with vShield Endpoint, you can deploy Security Server on hosts exclusively via installation tasks.
  • In all other environments, you must install Security Server on one or more hosts so as to accommodate the number of virtual machines to be protected. You must consider the number of protected virtual machines, resources available for Security Server on hosts, as well as network connectivity between Security Server and protected virtual machines. The Bitdefender Tools installed on virtual machines connects to Security Server over TCP/IP, using details configured at installation or via a policy.

Bitdefender Tools is the component to be installed on the virtual machines you want to protect.

In VMware vSphere environments, Security for Virtualized Environments can integrate with VMware vShield Endpoint to provide agentless protection for Windows virtual machines. All virtual machines on a host are automatically connected via vShield Endpoint to the Security Server instance installed on that host. Optionally, you can deploy the Bitdefender Tools on Windows virtual machines to take advantage of the additional functionality it provides:

  • Allows you to run Memory and Process Scan tasks on the machine
  • Informs the user about the detected infections and actions taken on them

Bitdefender Tools can be installed on the targeted computers either by deploying it from the Control Center or by downloading the needed installation package and running it manually on the targeted virtual machines.

Installing Security Server on Hosts

Installing Security Server in VMware environments integrated with vShield Endpoint:

  1. Log in to the Control Center
  2. Go to the Network page
  3. Choose Virtual Machines from the service selector
  4. Select the datacenter or folder containing the host on which you want to install the Security Server from the left-side pane. All the hosts and clusters from the selected location are displayed in the right-side pane table
  5. Select the check box corresponding to the host on which you want to install the Security Server
  6. Click the Tasks button at the right-side of the table and choose Install Security Server
  7. Enter a suggestive name for the Security Server
  8. Configure the Security Server settings according to your environment
  9. Click Save to create the task. A confirmation message will appear

Note:The Security Server packages are not included by default in the GravityZone appliance. Depending on the settings made by the root administrator, the Security Server package necessary for your environment will either be downloaded when a Security Server install task is launched or the administrator will be notified about the missing image and the installation will not proceed. If the package is missing, the root administrator will have to manually download it before the installation is possible.

Installing Security Server in other environments:

  1. Log in to the Control Center
  2. Go to the Network > Packages page
  3. Select Default Security Server Package
  4. Click the Download button at the right side of the table and select the version of Security Server to install according to your virtual environment. Depending on your browser settings, the file may be downloaded automatically to a default download location.
  5. Use your virtualization management tool (for example, vSphere Client) to import the Security Server image into your virtual environment.

Installing Bitdefender Tools using Installation Tasks

To remotely install the Security for Virtualized Environments protection on one or several detected virtual machines:

  1. Log in to the Control Center
  2. Go to the Networkpage.
  3. Choose Virtual Machines from the service selector
  4. Select the desired group from the left-side pane. All virtual machines from the selected group are displayed in the right-side pane table
  5. Apply filters to display unmanaged virtual machines only. Click the filters button and select the following options in each category: Unmanaged, Show all VMs recursively and Show all VMs
  6. Select the check boxes corresponding to the virtual machines on which you want to install protection
  7. Click the Task button at the right-side of the table and choose Install client. The Bitdefender Tools Installation window is displayed
  8. Configure the Bitdefender Tools settings according to your environment
  9. Under the Credentials tab, specify the administrative credentials required for remote authentication on selected computers. If you have not already defined the credentials in the Credentials manager, add the required administrator accounts as follows:
    • Enter the user name and password of an administrator account for each of the selected virtual machines in the corresponding fields. Optionally, you can add a description that will help you identify each account more easily. If virtual machines are in a domain, it suffices to enter the credentials of the domain administrator. Use Windows conventions when entering the name of a domain user account (for example, domain\user or user@domain.com)
    • Click the corresponding Add button. The new account is added to the credentials manager.
    • Select the check box corresponding to the account you want to use
  10. Click Save. A confirmation message will appear
  11. You can view and manage the task on the Network > Tasks page

Installing Bitdefender Tools using Installation Packages

To install Bitdefender Tools using an installation package:

  1. Log in to the Control Center
  2. Go to the Network > Packages page
  3. Select Default Bitdefender Tools Package
  4. Click the Download button at the right side of the table and select the version of Bitdefender Tools to install according to your virtual environment. Depending on your browser settings, the file may be downloaded automatically to a default download location
  5. Run the installation package on the target virtual machine