This topic describes ways to install AppDefense.

You can install AppDefense in the following ways.

  • With AppDefense Service: You can install AppDefense from AppDefense Service with or without AppDefense plug-in. This Guide explains installation from AppDefense Service without AppDefense plug-in.
  • With AppDefense Plug-In: For more information, refer to AppDefense Plug-In.

Install With AppDefense Service

When you install AppDefense, an OVF/OVA template deploys an on-premise AppDefense Appliance, and connects to the vCenter Server through a registration process. AppDefense Appliance then collects the inventory from the vCenter Server. You can then install AppDefense Host Module on ESXi host and AppDefense Guest Module on the virtual machines where your application workloads are running. You do not install AppDefense plug-in in this case.

You install AppDefense with subscribing to the AppDefense Service (SaaS). When you install with SaaS Service, you get all the AppDefense features that are available.

You cannot navigate to the AppDefense Manager from the vSphere Client.

For AppDefense to work, vCenter Server must be 6.5 and above and the ESXi host must be 6.5 U1 and above. For details, refer to System Requirements in the AppDefense Getting Started.

Install With AppDefense Plug-In

AppDefense plug-in is available with the vSphere Platinum edition. When you add the license key for the Platinum edition, AppDefense appears in the left navigation pane of the vSphere Client. You can now install and use the AppDefense plug-in to protect your application and ensure endpoint security.

For AppDefense plug-in to work, vCenter Server must be 6.7 U1 and above and the ESXi host must be 6.5 U1 and above. The AppDefense plug-in is supported only in the HTML5 version of the vSphere Client. For details, refer to System Requirements For AppDefense Plug-In in the AppDefense Plug-In.

When you install AppDefense with AppDefense plug-in, you can access AppDefense from the vSphere Client. AppDefense appears in the left navigation pane, and in the Shortcuts menu of the vSphere Client.

When you install AppDefense, an OVF/OVA template deploys an on-premises AppDefense Appliance which connects to the vCenter Server through a registration process. After the registration is complete, AppDefense Appliance installs the AppDefense plug-in and collects inventory from the vCenter Server.

You can then install AppDefense Host Module on the on ESXi host and AppDefense Guest Module on the virtual machines where your application workloads are running with one-click install process.

You can install AppDefense with or without subscribing to the AppDefense Service (SaaS). When you install without SaaS Service, AppDefense Appliance uses AppDefense Service only for the trust analysis. Subscription to AppDefense Service is not required. When you install with SaaS Service, you get all the AppDefense features that are available.

You can view and monitor your processes from the VMs Monitor tab or the AppDefense Dashboard. You can see the analysis and the reputation for all the processes that AppDefense monitors.

When subscribed to the AppDefense Service (SaaS), you can seamlessly navigate to the AppDefense Manager and create a scope, service, and take the necessary remediation action.