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Inter-VM Transparent Page Sharing ESXi default changing (reminder)

The additional Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) management capabilities that we discussed in our blog post of October 16 have been out for about a month for ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5. The same capabilities for ESXi 5.0 will follow next month.

While the recent ESXi patches do not change any TPS setting, the upcoming ESXi Update/patch releases planned for 2014 and Q1 of 2015 will. As we explained in our previous TPS post, the default setting for inter-VM TPS will be such that TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Customers are advised to review the usage of TPS in their environment (see KB 2091682) and plan accordingly.

Also we would like to take the opportunity to mention that the capability of inter-VM TPS is not removed from ESXi and that it can be re-enabled either system wide or for groups of VMs by using the new salting mechanism (see KB 2091682).

VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG Windows Compliance toolkit in VCM!

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The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for Windows based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vRealize Operations (vR Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for Windows based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here.

This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs:

  • Windows Server 2012 / R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V1R4
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V1R12
  • Windows Server 2008 – DC and MS – STIG Version V6R1.26
  • Windows Server 2003 / R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V6R1.33
  • Windows 7 – STIG Version V1R16
  • Windows 8 / 8.1 – STIG Version V1R6

DC = Domain Controllers
MS = Member Servers
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