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Change Auditor for VMWare vCenter

Track, alert and report on critical VMware vCenter changes with these VMware reporting tools. Change Auditor for VMWare vCenter helps ensure the security, compliance and control of event activity. It also ensures the security of VMWare vCenter Server. Simplify VMware monitoring when you manage, audit, report on and receive alerts on all changes to the platform in real time. Now you can analyze events and changes without complexity and reduce the fear of unknown security concerns. You can be confident that compliance demands will satisfy the scrutiny of any auditor. Change Auditor for VMware vCenter is freeware and included with other Change Auditor modules, including trial versions.

VMware reporting tools can help you tracking, alerting and reporting on critical VMware vCenter changes.

Key Benefits

Centralized auditing

Monitor and audit all file server changes from multiple servers and locations using a VMware reporting tool with a single, easy-to-use console.

At-a-glance display

Track user and administrator activity with detailed information for change events, plus original and current values for all changes.

Real-time alerts on the move

Send critical change and pattern alerts to email and mobile devices to prompt immediate action, even while you're not on site, using these VMware reporting tools.

Integrated event forwarding

Integrate with SIEM solutions to forward Change Auditor events to Splunk, ArcSight or QRadar.

Server configuration change auditing

Track changes to vCenter configuration and security to protect against system performance issues and security gaps.

Rapid reporting

Use these VMware reporting tools to create pre-configured and customizable reports satisfy auditor requests so you can quickly get back to your regular job.

Features

Quest InTrust integration

Integrate with Quest InTrust for 20:1 compressed event storage and centralized native or third-party log collection, parsing and analysis with alerting and automated response actions to suspicious events such as known ransomware attacks or fishy PowerShell commands.

Improved security insights

Correlate disparate IT data from numerous systems and devices into IT Security Search, an interactive search engine for fast security incident response and forensic analysis. Include user entitlements and activity, event trends, suspicious patterns and more with rich visualizations and event timelines.

Related searches

Provide instant, one-click access to all information on the change you're viewing and all related events, such as what other changes came from specific users and workstations, eliminating additional guesswork and unknown security concerns.

Security timelines

View, highlight and filter change events and discover their relation to other security events in chronological order across your environment for better forensic analysis and security incident response.

Event filter

Use these VMware reporting tools to narrow searches by event type, server, users and more to quickly pinpoint the source of problems by eliminating the “noise” from safe, routine events.

Stevie Awards 2018 People’s Choice winner

In the 2018 Stevie Award’s People Choice awards, Change Auditor was voted best software and also won a Silver Stevie for best new product of 2018.

Specifications

There are specific system requirements for the Change Auditor coordinator (server-side), Change Auditor client (client-side), Change Auditor agent (server-side), and the Change Auditor workstation and web client (optional components). For a full list of system requirements and required permissions for all components and target systems that can be audited by Change Auditor please refer to the Change Auditor Installation Guide.

The Change Auditor coordinator is responsible for fulfilling client and agent requests and for generating alerts.

Processor

Quad core Intel® Core™ i7 equivalent or better

Memory

Minimum: 8 GB RAM or better

Recommended: 32 GB RAM or better

SQL Server

SQL databases supported up to the following versions:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP4
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019
  • Azure SQL Managed Instance (PaaS) with SQL authentication or Azure Active Directory authentication

NOTE: Performance may vary depending on network configuration, topology, and Azure SQL Managed Instance configuration.

NOTE: Change Auditor supports SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups, SQL Clusters, and databases that have row and page compression applied.

Operating system

Installation platforms (x64) supported up to the following versions:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

NOTE: Microsoft Windows Data Access Components (MDAC) must be enabled. (MDAC is part of the operating system and enabled by default.)

Coordinator software and configuration

For the best performance, Quest strongly recommends:

  • Install the Change Auditor coordinator on a dedicated member server.
  • The Change Auditor database should be configured on a separate, dedicated SQL server instance.

NOTE: Microsoft ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server is required when the Change Auditor database resides on Azure SQL Managed Instance and Azure Active Directory authentication is selected.

NOTE: Do NOT pre-allocate a fixed size for the Change Auditor database.

In addition, the following software/configuration is required:

  • The coordinator must have LDAP and GC connectivity to all domain controllers in the local domain and the forest root domain.
  • x64 version of Microsoft’s .NET 4.7.1
  • x64 version of Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 6.0
  • x64 version of Microsoft SQLXML 4.0
Coordinator footprint
  • Estimated hard disk space used: 1 GB.
  • Coordinator RAM usage is highly dependent on the environment, number of agent connections, and event volume.
  • Estimated database size will vary depending on the number of agents deployed and audited events captured.

Additional Account Coordinator minimum permissions required, please see Change Auditor Installation Guide .

Resources

Datasheet

Change Auditor for VMware vCenter

Ensure the security, compliance and control of event activity of VMware vCenter Servers
Video

Change Auditor 7.1 – New Features

Explore Change Auditor’s new features, such as Golden Ticket detection & auditing Kerberos and NTLM authentication.
Video

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Case Study

Government agency improves security and productivity

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E-book

Nine Best Practices to Improve Active Directory Security and Cyber Resilience

This ebook explores the anatomy of an AD insider threat and details the best defense strategies against it.
White Paper

Integrated change auditing and event log management for strong security

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Case Study

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Case Study

Government healthcare agency ensures security and compliance

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