After a lot of great feedback from the community, here’s Beta 2.1 of the vSphere Hardening Guide for vSphere 5.5 Update 1.

There were some editing mishaps (cut off cells in the Excel sheet) that have been fixed since the Beta 1 release.

Also, all the *-no-self-signed-certs guidelines have been updated to be more in line with the contents in the ESX Security Whitepaper.

You can get the Beta 2.1 of the guide from the Security and Compliance Community.

The goal is to release this updated Hardening Guide the 1st week of June.

Thanks for all the great feedback. I look forward to getting more!

If you want to keep it private, send me email. mfoley at vmware dot com. I’ll return your emails as quickly as I can.


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