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VMware Communities Podcast – Hardening Guide and secure virtual appliances

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Tomorrow, November 6th, I’ll be hosting the VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast! We’ll be talking about the recently released vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide and the massive amount of work that’s been done to secure VMware virtual appliances! Joining me will be Simon Mijolovic (we just call him “Simon”), the Staff Program Manager for virtual appliance security Read more...

vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide Released!

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Hi, I’m happy to report that the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide has been released for General Availability. My thanks to all that contributed their feedback to make this happen. The guide has been given a full makeover with regard to documentation references. I’m in Renate’s debt for those stellar contributions. Additionally, some guidelines have been Read more...

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...