Supported virtualization types

BigFix Inventory requires that connections to VM managers are defined for the following virtualization types: Kernel-based Virtual Machine, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, and Xen.

Table 1. Supported virtualization types and versions

The table consists of three columns and three body rows.

Virtualization Type Version Comments
Kernel-based Virtual Machine Managed by RHEV-M 3.0, 3.1, 3.5 or 3.6
Managed by RHEV-M 4.0
  • BigFix Inventory supports instances that use HTTP Basic Authentication and version 3 REST API.
  • You must use VM Manager Tool in version or higher.
  • Starting from VM Manager Tool update 9.2.17, BigFix Inventory supports instances that use version 4 API and Oauth2 Authentication.
Not managed by RHEV-M
  • Capacity data from x86 KVM hosts that are not controlled by RHEV-M is collected directly from the host by using the Run Capacity Scan on Virtualization Hosts fixlet. For more information, see: Collecting capacity data directly from KVM hosts.
Nutanix AVH Managed by Nutanix Prism AVH 5.11 +/PRISM Starting from VM Manager Tool update 9.2.17, BigFix Inventory supports Linux guests on AVH Hypervisor 5.11+ on IBM Power CS appliances, managed by Nutanix PRISM. BigFix Inventory supports PRISM API version 2. AIX guest is not currently supported.
Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 (stand-alone or direct mode)
  • Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2(stand-alone or direct mode)
  • Windows Server 2016, 2016 R2
  • To use WinRM communication interface, configure WinRM on all hosts. For more information, see: Configuring WinRM.
VMware vSphere ESXi
  • 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
  • 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
  • 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
  • 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
  • You need at least read-only rights to all VMs. For more information, see: Verifying permissions.
  • BigFix Inventory supports configuration with one single sign-on domain, one single sign-on site, and vCenter Server with Platform Services Controller on the same machine (Embedded Deployment Model).
  • BigFix Inventory supports vCenter Server installation on a Windows computer and as a vCenter Server Appliance.
  • 9.2.15 BigFix Inventory supports the configuration with external Platform Services Controller (PSC) with one PSC on a different machine. In case of a complex environment with multiple PSCs, contact IBM Support.
9.2.12 Xen Server or Citrix XenServer
  • 6.5
  • 7.0
  • XenServer Tools must be installed on all VMs.
9.2.14 Oracle VM Server for x86 Managed by the Oracle VM Manager
  • 3.4.x