Remote server scanning whitelist OpenVAS IP in firewall


I am running the below versions.

gsad --version
Greenbone Security Assistant 20.08.0
gvmd --version
Greenbone Vulnerability Manager 20.08.0
openvas --version
OpenVAS 20.8.0
gvm-libs 20.8.0
Most new code since 2005: © 2020 Greenbone Networks GmbH
Nessus origin: © 2004 Renaud Deraison
License GPLv2: GNU GPL version 2
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
uname -a
Linux openvas 4.18.0-240.1.1.el8_3.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Nov 19 17:20:08 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 8.3.2011

Do I need to whitelist the OpenVAS server IP and ports in the Firewall in order to scan the remote server for any vulnerability? Can I use GVM OpenVAS for both VA (Vulnerability Assessment) and PT (Penetration Testing) tests? If not please suggest if there is any tool to run PT? Thanks in Advance.

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