Is it possible to add a second interface to the Virtual Appliance?
I want the ability to connect one interface to the internet and one to target subnet.
The 'consultant' version of the virtual appliance is, unfortunately, limited to one interface. The 'enterprise' version, however, has 2.
That seems a bit backwards to me... as a consultant we often take our laptops to clients to scan and more often than not the environemtn we are scnning has not internet access or web proxy.
Maybe I put in a feature request.
Fortunately, this feature request is already "in." We have a project underway to consolidate our distributions of the virtual scanner appliance images into a single feature set, which will bring dual NIC support and other networking capabilities to all distributions of the appliance.
Today our Enterprise (VMware vApp) distribution supports a dual NIC configuration, but can only be launched through VMware vCenter Server (configured with VMware's IP Pools) onto an ESXi or ESX host.
When this new virtual image is available, you will be able to launch a dual NIC scanner onto a hosted hypervisor platform such as VMware Player, Workstation, or Fusion or Oracle VirtualBox on a laptop. Most likely the Consultant and Enterprise labels will be deprecated when this feature parity is achieved.
I do not have a confirmed commit date for release of this "consolidated" scanner image yet. However, some time in September 2012 is very realistic for GA based upon current development and qualification.
Technical details on the current distributions of the virtual scanner appliance can be found at Reference: QualysGuard Virtual Scanner Appliance.
Wanted to provide an update on this thread that the virtual scanner consolidation definitely happened in 2012Q4. You now have your choice of a few different distributions of the virtual scanner appliance that would deploy onto a laptop-based hypervisor product and allow for a dual-NIC configuration.
The Standard (OVA), VMX/VMDK (ZIP), or Hyper-V (ZIP) distributions (see Reference: QualysGuard Virtual Scanner Appliance) are available for deployment onto the likes of VMware Player, Workstation, or Fusion; Oracle VirtualBox; or Microsoft Hyper-V.
And please do let us know if there are any other wish list items in relation to virtual scanner capabilities or features that might help with your consulting engagements.
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