Paul i think that there ate 3 points in your question that are creating some 
First you say that:

> We are a Microsoft shop with windows servers and workstations. I would
> like to try using OpenVAS to scan the network for vulnerabilities

That is possible with OpenVAS or if you need professional support you can 
contract Greenbone that as Jan-Oliver said is the commercial vendor for OpenVAS.

> but
> download links seem to suggest that download is only OMP CLI client.

From this part i suppose you want install it in Windows and that is not 
possible since OpenVAS is a Linux based solution.

> What does this exactly mean? Can OpenVAS could be used for vulnerability
> scanning in a windows-only environment

This means that you need an Linux machine or Linux virtual machine if you only 
have Windows installations to run OpenVAS.
Although i think it will run better if it’s not running in an virtual machine. 
You can install OpenVAS on a separate Linux machine or buy one of Greenbone 
appliances that already have it installed and configured.
Alternatively you can use an Linux virtual machine and install OpenVAS on it 
(or use the one on the site although it is not recommended for production) or 
buy Greenbone virtual machine solution with OpenVAS already configured.
From an OpenVAS installation you can test Windows machines and different 
flavors of Linux for vulnerabilities.


> No dia 13/10/2016, às 08:03, Jan-Oliver Wagner 
> <> escreveu:
> Am Donnerstag, 13. Oktober 2016, 03:12:26 schrieb Eero Volotinen:
>> it means that you need virtual environment like virtualbox with linux to
>> run openvas.
>> or buy commercial product like tenable nessus
> I do realize that there is need to better communicate that the commercial
> alternative to OpenVAS is the Greenbone product series, the Greenbone
> Security Manager appliances.
> After all, using OpenVAS as a start and when it comes to professional setup
> not bying Greenbone does not help the OpenVAS community.
> I have a couple of ideas how to improve the visibility of Greenbone as the
> commercial vendor of OpenVAS and at the same time continue to provide a
> transparent GPLed solution to the community. The first idea is to derive a
> "Community Edition" from our GSM ONE to replace the "OpenVAS Demo VM". This
> will make it far easier to try out OpenVAS at no costs and without any
> obligations and at the same time provides a clear hint about the commercial
> option.
> Best regards
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