Deploying a Virtual Network Sensor with VMware vCenter

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

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 appliance 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 the 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 vCenter (OVA) from the disk image type dropdown.
  4. Click Download Disk Image.
  5. On the VMware vCenter console, configure network settings to allow the Virtual Network Sensor to monitor data in VMware vCenter.
  6. Right-click the IP address for your server and select Deploy OVF Template...
  7. On the Select an OVF template screen, select Local file and click UPLOAD FILES to select the Virtual Network Sensor disk image.
  8. Click NEXT.
  9. On the Select a name and folder screen, specify a Virtual machine name and select a location for the virtual machine.
  10. Click NEXT.
  11. On the Select a compute resource screen, select a resource that you want to deploy the virtual appliance to and click NEXT.

    The default is the virtual machine you previously selected.

  12. On the Review details screen, verify the template details and click NEXT.
  13. On the Configuration screen, select the network throughput and click NEXT.
  14. On the Select storage screen, select the destination storage for where the virtual machine resides and Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed for virtual disk format.
  15. Click NEXT.
  16. On the Select networks screen, select VM Network as the management network (NIC 1), and Data Network as the data network (NIC 2) and click NEXT.

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

  17. On the Customize template screen, specify the following settings:
    • Expand System Settings, select 1000 for the bandwidth, 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.

  18. Click Next.
  19. On the Ready to complete screen, review your settings and click FINISH.

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

  20. To confirm that the Virtual Network Sensor has successfully deployed, open Network Inventory on the Trend Vision One console and view information about your deployed Virtual Network Sensor.

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