Planning the installation of cloud plugins

Cloud plugins can be installed on computers running the Plugin Portal. Optionally, they may all be installed on the same Plugin Portal instance.

However, this option should be taken into account only if it meets the capacity planning requirements of the Plugin Portal that are included in the BigFix Capacity Planning guide.

It is strongly recommended to have only one instance of cloud plugin per type (AWS, Microsoft Azure, VMware , GCP) in a BigFix deployment. The purpose of this recommendation is to avoid having the same cloud resources discovered more than once, which would cause the correlation of multiple instances of the same proxied computer under one correlation computer, adding unnecessary complexity and load to the displaying and management of correlation computers.

While requiring specific configuration information that depends on the supported cloud platform, the installation of every cloud plugin requires the input of credentials that would allow the embedded SDK to call the APIs of the corresponding cloud platform and access related cloud services. As all cloud plugins perform a credential-based discovery, their capability to discover virtual machines and retrieve related data depends on the permissions granted on the cloud platform side to the user owning the credentials. More information about the required permissions are available in Installing cloud plugins.

Note: Each cloud plugin supports multiple sets of credentials. However, only one set may be specified at installation time. Any further credential sets can be added later on using the BigFix WebUI.

When installing the AWS, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud plugins, you must ensure that these plugins are able to access related cloud services using HTTPS over the Internet.

The cloud plugins are installed in the following default paths:


  • C:\Program Files (x86)\BigFix Enterprise\BES Plugin Portal\Plugins\Plugin_name


  • /opt/BESPluginPortal/Plugins/Plugin_name
  • /var/opt/BESPluginPortal/Plugins/Plugin_name