In order to get a wide audience for this topic, I’ve cross posted this post from the VMware Security and Compliance Blog. Enjoy!

It has been a couple of weeks since the release of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide. Right around that time there was a call for updated content for the VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal app Well, I really wanted to see the updated Hardening Guide available on that  platform. That presented a challenge. For most customers, the format of releasing it as an Excel spreadsheet meets their need but have you looked at a spreadsheet on an iPad? Not a pretty sight.

So, using Microsoft Word’s Mail Merge capability I whipped up a proof of concept and showed it to a couple of folks. When your boss says “That’s awesome!” you know you’re on the right track. After some updating, we came out with a decent template and I’m happy to say that it looks great on my old iPad.

Here’s some examples:

First, a picture of the Mobile Knowledge Portal app itself. You can see a list of all the Hardening Guide content.

Now the Introduction Page that explains what the Hardening Guide contains

Finally, here’s an example of Hardening Guide data reformatted for a tablet. This is useful for browsing through all the guidelines.

ESXi-Config-NTP guideline

If you don’t have the VMKP, get it now for iPad and Android! Here’s some more info about the app and where to get it.

Get it for iPad on iTunes
Get it for Android tablets at Google Play

The VMKP is designed to provide a simple way for VMware customers to view technical collateral around the Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure and Infrastructure & Operations Management products.
VMKP 2.0 adds the following enhancements over the original version
– Android and iPad support
– Ability to rate collateral
– Ability to provide feedback to VMware on pieces of collateral
– Integration with Facebook and Twitter to let others know what you have been reading on the VMKP
– Mechanism to request additional collateral items


I hope you find this useful. If you have feedback, please send it on!



About the Author

Mike Foley

Mike Foley is a Staff Technical Marketing Architect for vSphere Security at VMware. His primary goal is to help IT Admins build more secure platforms that stand up to scrutiny from security teams with the least impact to IT Operations. Mike is also the current author of the vSphere Security Configuration (formerly Hardening) Guide. Previously, Mike was on the evangelist team at RSA where he concentrated on virtualization and cloud security. Mike was awarded a patent (8,601,544) in December 2013 for dual-band authentication using the virtual infrastructure Mike has a personal blog at and contributes to the VMware vSphere and Security blogs as well. Follow him at @vSphereSecurity on Twitter