After deployment, Guest Introspection has an “unknown” status in vCenter or the Guest Introspection VM does not receive an IP address.


After deployment, Guest Introspection status shows as “Not Ready." GI is otherwise reachable with valid IP assigned. “SAM USVM Heartbeat status” shows as red.


Deployed Guest Introspection does not have a valid IP address.

Guest Introspection Service Deployment shows status as “Unknown”


  1. If GI is lacking an IP address or shows as Failed: Networking:
    1. On the host, ensure that each host has been configured properly. See the section "Specified On-Host" in Install Guest Introspection in the NSX Installation Guide and Host Preparation.
    2. Deploy vSwitch and distributed port group for GI. GI should be deployed on a DVPortGroup created for the network on an existing NSX vSwitch.
    3. Ensure that the physical firewall and existing network configuration is valid.
  2. If Guest Introspection is lacking an IP address:
    1. If Guest Introspection uses static IP addressing pools, verify that each IP address assigned to the IP pool is not already in use by another VM or machine. Remove the IP addresses in question from the pool, or manually free up the IP addresses in question.
    2. If Guest Introspection uses DHCP or dynamic IP addressing, determine if the DHCP server is correctly configured.
    vSphere 6.x supports VIB downloads over port 443 (instead of port 80). This port is opened and closed dynamically. The intermediate devices between the ESXi hosts and vCenter Server must allow traffic using this port.
  3. If the , NSX Manager reports that installing Guest Introspection fails for each cluster see Installing NSX Guest Introspection services (MUX VIB) on the ESXi host fails in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2135278)


Guest Introspection should have a valid IP address allocated to it and show as Up and Running in the Service Deployment window.