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vSphere 6.5 is announced and the interest for the security features has been off the hook! My phone has been ringing like mad and emails are coming in fast and furious from customers and VMware field folks with “Where can I learn more???”. With that in mind, I’ve created this blog post as a repository of social media links that are devoted to vSphere 6.5 Security “stuff”.

First and formost is the vSphere 6.5 “What’s new in vSphere Security” blog

What's new in vSphere Security

What’s new in vSphere Security

This give a solid overview of all the new security enhancements we are making for vSphere 6.5.

VMworld 2016 – USA and EMEA

Next up are VMworld sessions on vSphere 6.5 security. These links are to the US Sessions where you’ll see lots of content labeled “Tech Preview”. This was because 6.5 wasn’t announced. However, now that it is, I’m happy to say that the slides for Vegas and Europe, where 6.5 was announced, are essentially the same.

When the US content becomes available for all of the sessions I’ll change the links below to reflect that.

VMworld 2016 USA INF8850 vSphere Platform Security

This session gives a higher level overview of all of the new security features in 6.5. Pay close attention to the Secure Boot content!

VMworld 2016 USA INF8856 vSphere Encryption Deep Dive Technology Preview

This session goes into detail on the new VM Encryption technology we introduced in 6.5

VMworld 2016 USA INF8845 vSphere Logs Grow Up! Tech Preview of Actionable Logging with vRealize Loginsight for vCenter

And this session show all of the cool new logging capabilites of vSphere 6.5 and introduces customters to Log Insight for vCenter, a free/limited version of Log Insight that you can use if you are already using vCenter today and don’t have a logging solution.

Post Announcement Content

After the floodgates opened and I was able to publicly talk about the new security features I have embarked on sharing them whereever I can.

VMworld TV

First up was an interview with VMworld TV. In this interview we discuss VM Encryption and Secure Boot for ESXi and virtual machines.

 

Veeam Community Podcast

Next up was an interview done by Michael White (@mwVme)from Veeam for their online interview series. With me are Emad Younis (@emad_younis) and Adam Eckerle (@eck79). Emad, Adam and myself go over our respective vSphere 6.5 area. Michael is always fun to talk to and he doesn’t disappoint here.

 

Virtually Speaking Podcast

Finally, the latest content comes from a very popular podcast called the Virtually Speaking Podcast. This is hosted by Pete Flecha (@vPedroArrow) and John Nicholson (@Lost_Signal).

Virtually Speaking Podcast logo

Virtually Speaking Podcast

In this podcast we dive right in to all of the new features like VM Encryption, Logging, Secure Boot and we discuss one that we call “Virtual Machine Sandboxing”. This is an architectural change in the ESXi hypervisor to further secure and isolate virtual machines from the hypervisor. You won’t see any other mention of this in any available content so Pete and John got the scoop!

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 29: vSphere 6.5 Security with Mike Foley

Wrap Up

As more content becomes available, I’ll be updating it here. In addition, more blog and demo content around all the new features is being worked on and will be coming out soon so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,

mike