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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Guest operating systems that are supported for vShield Endpoint Thin Agent

vShield Endpoint is part of the VMware vShield suite of security services. This security solution provides introspection-based anti-malware services to vSphere virtual machines (VMs). While vShield Endpoint’s introspection-based approach performs the scanning at the hypervisor layer, an agent is necessary inside the VM to support remediation activities when malicious content is found. In vShield Endpoint, that agent is called the Thin Agent.


This articles provides the list of supported operating systems for vShield Endpoint Thin Agent.


To use vShield Endpoint Thin Agent, you must ensure that the guest virtual machine is installed with a supported version of Windows. The versions of the Windows operating systems that are supported for vShield Endpoint 1.0 are:
  • Windows Vista (32 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 bit)
  • Windows 7 (64 bit)
  • Windows XP (32 bit)
  • Windows 2003 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 2003 R2 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 2008 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 2008 R2 (32/64 bit)
Note: Ensure that the Thin Agent and the virtual machine are both either 32 or 64 bit versions. You cannot mix the two versions.  Also, ensure that the guest virtual machine has a SCSI controller installed.

Note:Windows 2012 and Windows 8 are currently not supported Guest Operating Systems for vShield Endpoint 5.1

Additional Information

The vShield Endpoint Thin Agent must be installed on each guest virtual machine to be protected. Virtual machines installed with the Thin Agent are automatically protected whenever they are started on an ESX/ESXi host installed with the security solution. That is, protected virtual machines retain the security protection through shut downs and restarts, and even after a vMotion move to another ESX/ESXi host that has the security solution installed.