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How to setup the McAfee Data Center Connectors for Cloud environments

How to setup the McAfee Data Center Connectors for Cloud environments



In this document, you will how to perform the initial setup of the McAfee Data Connector. The McAfee Data Center Connectors are part of the McAfee Data Center Security Suites.

The Data Center Connectors give you complete visibility of your virtual machines inside the McAfee ePO console. They allow you to discover not just physical servers, but also hypervisors and virtual machines in VMware vSphere, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, and Microsoft Azure environments.


In our example, we are going to set up the data center connector for VMware vSphere. But the setup steps will be similar, whether you are use the McAfee Data Center Connector for Amazon Web services, Microsoft Azure, or HP OpenStack. We will also assume that you already have an ePO server up and running.


You can also watch the steps described in this document by viewing the video below.


     First, we need to download the product, then install the data center connector extension in ePO, and finally, register our cloud account in ePO.

Downloading the necessary components

The McAfee data connector software and documentation are available either as a trial version or as a full licensed product.

If you are going use the trial version, go to .
In the product category drop down list, select Data Center security.
Select McAfee Server Security Suite (either Essential or Advanced). Enter the requested information. Save the file.

Extract the downloaded file. Then, navigate to the extracted files. Go the “extensions” folder. There you will find, amongst other extensions, the 4 data center connector extensions. The one we will use in our example is the Depending on when you download the file, you might get later version. The syntax will be vSphere_Ext_3.5.0.<buildnumber>.zip

If you have purchased the product, you can go on the McAfee Download site with a valid grant number.  Navigate to, enter your grant number and click Go. Navigate to the McAfee Server Security Suite (Advanced or Essentials). Click on either.

Under Management Solution, select the data center connector extension that you need. Here, we are going to choose the Data Center connector v3.5 for vSphere.

If you agree, click “I agree” when asked.
Click on to start the download.

Installing the Data Center Connector Extension in ePO

Now that we have the software, we can start the setup. It consists of 2 steps: first installing the data center connector extension for vSphere (or for the other cloud providers) in ePO. And second, to register your cloud account, into ePO.

For the ePO server to be able to discover and import your virtual machines, you need to install the Data Center Connector extensions on the ePO server.

In order to do that:

1 Log on to the ePolicy Orchestrator server as an administrator.

2 Click Menu | Software | Extensions

3 The Extensions page opens

4 Click Install Extensions at the bottom of the page.

5 Browse to and select the extension file. In our case, we are going to install the vSphere connector extension, so we are going to pick vSphere_Ext_3.5.0.<bldnumber>.zip, then click Open.

  The extensions to install will show in the Install Extension page. If you are installing a data center connector extension for the first time, you will also see that an MDCC extension will be installed with the connector of your choice.

  Click OK at the bottom right corner of the page to install the extension.

Once the connector is installed, it will appear in the list of installed Data Center Extensions.


6 Click OK.

Registering the Cloud account in ePO

Now, let’s register a VMware vCenter account with McAfee ePO, so that ePO can establishe a connection with VMware vCenter, discovers the guest VMs, and displays them in McAfee ePO.

1 Click Menu | Configuration | Registered Cloud Accounts


2 The Add Cloud Account page opens. At the bottom of the page, click Actions, then click Add Cloud Account.



3 From the Choose Connector drop down list, select vSphere, then click OK. If you are installing a different connector, this is where you would add an account for it.

4 Fill the vCenter Account Details fields:

• Account name — This is the display name for this VMware vCenter account in McAfee ePO. You can choose the name you want.

• Server Address — IP address or the host name of the available VMware vCenter.

• vCenter Username — User name of the available VMware vCenter account.  This user's minimum role can be read only.

• vCenter Password — Password of the available VMware vCenter account.

• Connection protocol — The protocol required to establish the connection with the VMware. We’ll use https, which is the default.

5 Click Test Connection to validate VMware vCenter account details and verify that the connection to vCenter works.

6 Then click Next. The summary page opens.

7 Click Accept to validate the certificate, if you are asked to. Then click Finish.

8 Click OK to close the popup that tells you that the account was added or updated successfully. After configuring and registering the VMware vCenter account with McAfee ePO, the account details of the registered vCenter are displayed in McAfee ePO.  You can see information such as the number of VMs that are available under the registered vCenter. How many VMs are up and running under the registered vCenter and how many VMs are managed by McAfee ePO. If the number of Total VMs show 0, click on sync at the far right of the console to initiate an immediate discovery.

Viewing the virtual machines in ePO

Now that we have registered our cloud account, ePO will discover and import all discovered virtual machines, which are unmanaged, into its System Tree. To view the imported virtual machines, click on System Tree at the top of the console.

The instances are imported with the similar structure and hierarchy present in VMware vCenter.

If you double-click on one of the VMs, the system information page opens and you can view detailed information about that system. A special “Virtualization” tab gives you special virtualization information about the system.

And finally, if you go to the Data Center Dashboard, you can see that the information from your could data center (vSphere in our case) is automatically added to your dashboard.


You’ve seen how to setup a McAfee data center connector. Now you can quickly view and manage your virtual environment in ePO.

Useful Links

For more information about the McAfee Data Center Connectors and the McAfee Data Center Security Suites, visit:


For more information about the McAfee Data Center Connectors and the McAfee Data Center Security solutions, visit:

McAfee Data Center Security Product page:

McAfee EndPoint (Includes Data Center Solutions) Community:

McAfee Sales page




Great document detailing the full steps from acquiring the extension to installing and configuration.

Great to see examples using the Evaluation copies too, since these Eval steps will help people to buying decisions.


I was able to get this work on earlier versions, followed the setup as shown above, but now after upgrading my vShere to 6.x  but after step 6, always error out.,

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