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vShield Endpoint Licensing

Hi,

I'm looking at moving our AV product (Sophos) over to utilise vShield within our vSphere environment, but I'm getting a little confused around the licensing

Within myVMware I have a license key for vShield Endpoint 5 and if I go to my downloads the option I get is for vShield Manager 5.0.2, which is pretty old now. From what I've read vShield Manager is now part of vCloud Networking & Security, so i downloaded the latest version of this but I'm unable license it.


I've also read a VMware KB that says that it's included as of vSphere 5.1, but I can't see where.


Can anyone shed any light?


Thanks in advance.

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MKguy
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Correct, it will work without issue.

"vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS)" is just the a new umbrella term for what was formerly called the vShield suite and in this confusing context, it just refers to the vShield Manager virtual appliance.

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MKguy
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vShield Endpoint used to require separate licenses, but since vSphere 5.0 or 5.1 (not sure) vShield Endpoint licenses are included with every vSphere host CPU license (including standard), see:

VMware vSphere Editions and Kits Comparison

You don't need any additional licenses, apart maybe from licenses of the 3rd party anti-virus vendor.

You can download the latest vShield Manager appliances here:

For vSphere 5.5, vShield Manager 5.5.3.1

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VCNS5531&productId=353&rPId=6654

For vSphere 5.1, vShield Manager 5.1.4.3

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VCNS5143&productId=285&rPId=6779

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six4rm
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Thanks for the reply.

I spotted this KB article yesterday:

VMware KB: Downloading and enabling VMware vShield Endpoint 5.x on supported VMware vSphere platforms

I'd come across the article before but had always jumped straight to the v5.5 section. Against v5.1 it says the following:

  • If you are exclusively using the vShield Endpoint feature of vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) in vCenter 5.1, the vCNS asset may show up as unlicensed or with an evaluation license in the vCenter Server console. Even in evaluation or unlicensed mode, the vShield Endpoint feature will continue to be fully functional.

So, if I'm reading that correctly I can use vCNS for vShield Endpoint and even though it'll go unlicensed within vCenter after the initial evaluation period the vShield Endpoint features will remain fully functional.

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Correct, it will work without issue.

"vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS)" is just the a new umbrella term for what was formerly called the vShield suite and in this confusing context, it just refers to the vShield Manager virtual appliance.

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