Deploying a Virtual Network Sensor with VMware ESXi

Learn how to deploy your own Virtual Network Sensor on VMware ESXi.

Virtual Network Sensor is a lightweight network sensor that scans your network activity and feeds network activity data to Trend Vision One and allows you to discover unmanaged assets and gain a holistic view of your attack surface. Before using the features of Network Inventory, you need to set up your Virtual Network Sensor and connect your sensor to Trend Vision One.

  • If the throughput exceeds 2000 Mbps, Trend Micro recommends configuring your Virtual Network Sensor using a PCI passthrough that is compliant with the following drivers: Broadcom tg3 and bnxt_en, and Intel i40e, igb, ixgbe, and e1000.


Review the Virtual Network Sensor System Requirements before starting and ensure you have adequate resources for Virtual Network Sensor.

  1. On the Trend Vision One console, go to Network Security Operations > Network Inventory > Virtual Network Sensors.
  2. Click Deploy Virtual Network Sensor.

    The Virtual Network Sensor Deployment panel appears.

  3. Select VMware ESXi (OVA) from the disk image type dropdown.
  4. Click Download Disk Image.
  5. On the VMware ESXi console, configure network settings to allow Virtual Network Sensor to monitor data in VMware ESXi.
  6. On the VMware ESXi console, go to Virtual Machines > Create / Register VM.
  7. On the Select creation type screen, select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file from the dropdown, and click Next.
  8. On the Select OVF and VMDK files screen, provide a name for the virtual machine, and select or drag and drop the Virtual Network Sensor disk image.
  9. Click Next.
  10. On the Select storage screen, select the storage type and datastore, and click Next.
  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Deployment options screen, specify the following settings:
    • Select VM Network as the management network (NIC 1), and Data port group as the data network (NIC 2).


      The NIC you chose for the management network must be able to connect to the internet.

    • Select a deployment type from the dropdown to configure the hardware setting automatically.

    • Select Thick for disk provisioning.

    • Select Power on automatically.

  13. Click Next.
  14. On the Additional settings screen, specify the following settings:
    • Expand System Settings, select the Bandwidth specified in the deployment type on the previous screen, and enter the Administrator password.

    • Expand Network Settings and configure the settings.


      The device name or FQDN may not include underlines.

    • Expand Proxy Settings and configure the settings.

  15. Click Next.
  16. On the Ready to complete screen, review your settings and click Finish.

    Your Virtual Network Sensor deploys and automatically connects to Network Inventory.

  17. To confirm that your Virtual Network Sensor has successfully deployed, go to Network Security Operations > Network Inventory > Virtual Network Sensors on the Trend Vision One console to view information about your deployed Virtual Network Sensor.

    For information about troubleshooting Virtual Network Sensor, see Virtual Network Sensor CLI Commands.