Securing Virtualized Environments

ESET Virtualization Security

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Whether you use VMware or another virtualization solution, you can rely on ESET protection to keep your VMs secure.

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An ESET Virtualization Security for VMware vShield appliance streamlines the agentless protection of all virtual machines and provides high performance security that won’t slow down your VMs.



Easy to install
ESET Virtualization Security uses vShield Endpoint technology to install a single ESET appliance on each host.

Easy to manage
Your ESET security can be managed by ESET Remote Administrator 6.3 or newer, which also comes as a virtual appliance.

Easy to transfer
Transfer your existing licenses when migrating from physical machines to virtual machines at no extra cost.

ESET Virtualization Security

In addition, the solution natively supports VMware vMotion and vCenter and is compatible with ESET Remote Administrator 6.3 or newer, ESET’s web-based console, allowing direct drill-down capability to virtual machines for rapid task execution and complete endpoint security management.

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With ESET Shared Local Cache and the protection of an agent-based ESET security product, you get the same full set of tools and security features that you would have in a physical environment, plus significantly boosted scanning speed.



ESET Shared Local Cache

Outstanding performance
Virtual machines commonly share the same base image, which results in 70-80% duplication of files between machines. ESET Shared Local Cache saves metadata about clean files from previously scanned machines within the same hypervisor. This means that files already scanned on one virtual machine are not repeatedly scanned on other virtual machines within the same virtual environment, resulting in a significant scanning boost.

Multi-layered protection
ESET Shared Local Cache couple with an agent-based ESET solution delivers comprehensive IT security for your business via multiple layers of protection – including our proven ESET NOD32® detection technology and fully adjustable scanning options.

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Physical and virtual machines are managed from a single point via ESET Remote Administrator allowing role-based management and a “look & see” web-console dashboard with drill-down capabilities that can be used to execute any action that is required.

ESET Remote Administrator can be installed on Windows as well as Linux servers, and also comes as a Virtual Appliance.

The ESET Remote Administrator virtual appliance simplifies deployment of ESET Remote Administrator and is faster than using the all-in-one installer or component installation packages.

It supports native/bare-metal hypervisors (VMware vSphere/ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V) as well as hosted hypervisors that usually run on desktop operating systems (VMware Workstation, VMware Player, Oracle VirtualBox).

The virtual appliance comes as an OVA (Open Virtualization Appliance) file and contains multiple ESET Remote Administrator appliance types – server component including rogue detector, proxy component and mobile device management component.

ESET Remote Administrator can also be used with leading cloud platform providers including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services.


It’s easy to incorporate ESET Remote Administrator with the following cloud platform:

Microsoft Azure: ESET has a VM template in Azure Marketplace.
Follow steps in these Knowledgebase articles:

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ESET server security solutions are designed for virtual environments and come with a range of features to provide seamless operation and high performance.



Process Exclusions
The admin can define processes which are ignored by the real-time protection module – all file operations that can be attributed to these privileged processes are considered to be safe. This is useful for processes that often interfere with real-time protection, like backup or live virtual machine migration. Excluded process can access even unsafe files or objects without triggering an alert.

Snapshot Independence
ESET updates and program modules can be stored outside of the default location – so are not affected by reverting to an earlier snapshot of the virtual machine. As a result, the updates and modules don’t have to be downloaded every time a virtual machine is reverted to an earlier snapshot and the reverted machine can utilize untouched updates and avoid large downloads, resulting in faster snapshot recovery times.

Hyper-V Storage Scan
Scans Microsoft Windows® servers with enabled Hyper-V role for malware, without the need to have another instance of an antivirus product in place. Saves time by scanning the hard-drive contents with no pre-arrangements or system down-time and provides separate reports based on the scan results. For enhanced performance, lower memory consumption and CPU usage, scans can be carried out on virtual machines while they are turned off.



Native Clustering SupportAllows you to configure the solution to automatically replicate settings when installed in a cluster environment and manage them as one, eliminating the need to replicate changes in configuration manually to other nodes in the cluster.

Microsoft Azure Ready
ESET File Security for Microsoft Windows Server also comes as a virtual machine security extension in Microsoft Azure. IT administrators or cloud developers moving or expanding their workloads to the cloud can select ESET File Security in the Azure Marketplace and a pre-configured template will automatically install in the background.  By provisioning ESET File Security as a VM extension, users can get enhanced security quickly and begin to experience product benefits in a cloud environment.


Choose between three flexible licensing solutions that let you get the most out of ESET virtualization security solutions.



ESET Virtualization Security for VMware vShield licensing
You can choose from 3 distinct types of licensing − per virtual machine (A), per host (B), or per processor (C) in a way that matches your needs, the network infrastructure, and the way you use your virtual environment.

ESET Virtualization Security

A) Per virtual machine (VM)

  • 1 VM is counted as 1 physical endpoint and consumes one seat from the license
  • Best-suited solution for companies in the process of migrating from physical to virtual environments - migrate the ESET license from physical endpoints to virtual ones



B) Per host

  • Flat fee: one host = one price
  • Unlimited number of VMs running on the host covered
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C) Per processor

  • Flat fee: one physical processor = one price
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ESET Shared Local Cache Licensing
ESET Shared Local Cache comes free with the license of any ESET security product(s), at least one of which must be present on each virtual machine.

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  • The ESET Virtual Agent Host appliance must be deployed on your network for proper functionality of ESET Virturalization Security.
  • ESET Remote Administrator 6.3 or later is required to manage this product remotely.
  • A License Key is required to activate this product. If you currently use a Username and Password, visit ESET License Administrator to convert your existing credentials into a License Key.

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