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Connect to a System and Analyze

Connect to a System and Analyze

  1. From a browser, navigate to the Runecast Analyzer Web Interface url: https://<appliance IP> and login with default credentials:

    • Username: rcuser
    • Password: Runecast!

    Tip

    Runecast Analyzer is available also as an AMI, available on the AWS Marketplace. Once the instance was configured and launched, navigate to the Runecast Analyzer Web Interface url https://<EC2 instance public IPv4 address>/rc2 and login with the default credentials:

    • Username: rcuser
    • Password: <EC2 instance Id>
  2. During the first login, no system connections will exist so you will be prompted to configure a connection to your first system. Select the type of the system you want to add (see System Requirements section for required privileges) and Continue to the next step.

    • If your selection is the vCenter Server, provide the required connection information and click Continue to the next step.

    • If your selection is AWS, provide the required connection information and click Continue.

    • If your selection is Azure, provide the required connection information and click Continue.

    • If your selection is Kubernetes, provide the required connection information and click Continue.

  3. After the successful validation of the connection, you can select one or more security profiles relevant to your organization. Once it is done, Continue to the next step.

  4. Automatic scan scheduling can be configured during this step. We encourage you to schedule them to benefit from continuous reporting. Once automatic scanning is selected, the scanning frequency can be chosen. Press Continue to move forward to the final step.

  5. An overview of your configurations is displayed in this page. Press Analyze now to trigger your first analysis.

    Optionally, you can help to improve Runecast Analyzer by sending limited anonymous usage data. The telemetry data contains the following information:

    • Version of Runecast Analyzer
    • Number of Systems (NOT their IP or name)
    • Issues discovered and their severity (NOT the objects affected)
    • % of best practice adoption and security compliance (NOT the objects affected)
    • Preferences in settings like activation of Security Profiles, Automatic Scheduler and the total number of CPUs (NOT the objects affected)
    • User actions like display dashboard, display settings, add System, remove System and start the analysis (NOT the objects affected)
    • Hardware details like manufacturer, description, disks, bios/firmware/driver versions (NOT their IP or hostname)
    • Browser used and version

    Tip

    You always have the option to change your preference from the User profile tab under Settings. Once a license has been applied, the data collection will turn off automatically. If you would like to continue sending information to improve Runecast Analyzer, you can turn it on from User profile under Settings.

Adding more systems

To connect additional Systems, navigate to Settings and select Connections tab.

VMware vCenter and NSX-V

Click Add vCenter button and follow these steps:

  1. Enter the vCenter connection information and click Continue to the next step.

  2. Validate the successful connection to vCenter. During validation, an attempt to automatically detect NSX-V will be in process. If no NSX-V Manager is detected, this step will be skipped. If a NSX-V manager is detected, then the connection settings will be shown. Enter the username and password of an account with at least auditor permissions to add NSX-V to Runecast and benefit from the same functionality Runecast Analyzer offers for vSphere. If you skip setting up the NSX-V connection at this point it can be established later.

  3. Click Continue to proceed to the last step.

  4. The last step will summarize the actions to be performed by Runecast Analyzer after clicking the Finish button.

Once you have added one or more vCenters (and optionally, NSX-V Managers) an overview of all connections will be presented including the status of NSX-V and also the Web Client Plugin installation status:

  • The NSX-V column will display one of these states:

    • Not present if no NSX-V was found to be connected to vCenter Server
    • Discovered if NSX-V was discovered but it was not added to Runecast Analyzer
  • If NSX-V has been added, it will be marked with the symbol .

  • The Web Client Plugin column will display one of the states:

    • Not installed
    • Installed

    Additional operations for Web Client Plugin can be triggered from the Actions button. For more detail about the plugin please read the section Registering the plugin with vCenter Server.

Both vCenter and NSX-V can be reconfigured by using the button, made available on hover.

Multiple actions can be performed from the dropdown Actions button located on the right side.

VMware Horizon

To connect to Horizon Connection Server (or Load Balancer) click Add Horizon button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the Horizon information and click Continue to the next step.

  2. Under the Related vCenters tab of the Horizon connection are listed all vCenter Servers which are configured for the particular Horizon environment. For complete and more relevant results it is recommended to add all Horizon vCenter Servers to Runecast Analyzer. The vCenters marked with a checkbox are already connected to Runecast Analyzer. The ones which are missing have an Add vCenter link that will open the interactive dialog to add the vCenter to Runecast Analyzer.

Warning

It is not possible to compare the vCenter Servers UUID prior to Horizon v7.4. If you're using Horizon v7.4 or older, please ensure you add the vCenter Servers in Runecast with the same name as added in Horizon.

AWS

To connect to Amazon Web Services, click the Add AWS button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the AWS access key credentials and click Continue to the next step.

  2. After confirmation was received in Step 2, you will be able to see the listed AWS accounts you have logged into:

Microsoft Azure

To connect to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, click the Add Azure button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the Tenant ID and Application credentials (see steps to Create Azure Application), click Continue to the next step.

  2. After confirmation was received in step 2, you will be able to see the listed Azure accounts you have logged into:

Kubernetes

To connect to a Kubernetes cluster, click Add Kubernetes button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the Kubernetes cluster API address, port and service account token (see the Kubernetes section of the System Requirements chapter) and click Continue to the next step.

  2. After confirmation was received in Step 2, you will be presented with a list of Kubernetes clusters that you have connected:

Multiple actions can be performed from the dropdown Actions button located on the right side.

VMware NSX-T

To connect to a VMware NSX-T Data Center, click the Add NSX-T button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the NSX-T information and click Continue to the next step.

  2. The second step will summarize the actions to be performed by Runecast Analyzer after clicking the Finish button.

  3. After confirmation was received in Step 2, you will be presented with a list of NSX-T environments that you have connected.

Multiple actions can be performed from the dropdown Actions button located on the right side.

VMware Cloud Director

To connect to VMware Cloud Director, click the Add VMware Cloud Director button and follow these steps:

  1. Provide the vCD information and click Continue to the next step.

  2. The second step will summarize the actions to be performed by Runecast Analyzer after clicking the Finish button.

  3. After confirmation was received in Step 2, you will be presented with a list of vCD instances that you have connected.

Multiple actions can be performed from the dropdown Actions button located on the right side.

Analyzing systems

  1. Click the Analyze Now button on the top navigation bar to perform an initial analysis.

  2. If only one System is configured it will be scanned. If multiple Systems are connected, you can choose which of the Systems to analyze. You can select them all or choose specific ones.

  3. After the analysis process has completed (the time taken can vary depending on number of Systems selected to be scanned and the size of the environments) you can navigate to the dashboard and various views to see the results.