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vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide Release Candidate has been published

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Hi, I’m happy to announce the availability of the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide Release Candidate. A SIGNIFICANT amount of documentation updates have been incorporated into the guide to really round it out. There have been some new additions and some deletions to the guide. All changes are documented in the changelog spreadsheet. You can download Read more...

vSphere Web Client Roles and Permissions How-To Video

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Have you ever wondered how Roles and Permissions work using the vSphere Web Client? Here’s a great video brought to you by VMware Tech Pubs. Peter Shepherd does a great job in introducing you to Roles and Permissions and how to get the most out of them. He will lead you through the steps to Read more...

Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 3

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Making DISA compliance easy In Parts 1 and 2 we introduced the VMware Hardened Virtual Appliances and went over password management. In Part 3, we’ll focus on a new tool, dodscript.sh, to make configuring your VMware Hardened Virtual Appliances comply with enhanced security requirements like DISA and go over access control and time management. Dodscript.sh Read more...

Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 2

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Hopefully by now you’ve read Part 1. In there we discussed the new security features of many new VMware virtual appliances, including some that are being released with vSphere 5.5. In this post and the two following, we’ll start the discussion on how to enable your virtual appliances to be compliant with site-specific requirements. If Read more...

ESXi, syslog and logins

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This blog posting, like many others, was prompted by a field request from a customer. The customer wanted to understand two things: When/How admins were logging into ESXi (DCUI or SSH) What were they doing when they were logged in Read more...

“It’s a Unix system, I know this!”

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Every fellow geek who first saw Jurassic Park twenty years ago (Has it really been that long??) cringed when Lex Murphy sat down at a Silicon Graphics workstation and exclaimed the line above. I’m reminded of this line all the time when I talk to some customers who I find treat their ESXi systems like Read more...

Grant shell access to this user? No worries mate!

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A few weeks ago I saw on an internal email thread an ask from a customer via their VMware sale engineer. The customer was using AutoDeploy and Host Profiles. As part of this process, they were creating a local user on their ESXi hosts and when they connected to the host via the vSphere Client Read more...

Skating your way to the SDDC

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This week I was reminded of that great Wayne Gretzky quote, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”. How is that relative to the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? Well, because things are moving so fast! That virtualization infrastructure you have today (thank you for my paycheck!) Read more...