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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...

vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide goes mobile!

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Hi, 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 Read more...

vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide – Official Release

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This is a re-posting from the vSphere Security Blog to ensure maximum coverage. Hi, I’m pleased to announce to availability of the official release of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide. The guide is being released as an Excel spreadsheet only. This guide follows the same format as the 5.0 guide. All reference and documentation URL’s Read more...

vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Release Candidate now available

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I have posted the following in the vSphere Security blog. It is being cross-posted here to get maximum visibility and as an FYI vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Release Candidate now available I would like to announce the release of the Rev B/Release Candidate for the vSphere 5.1 Security Hardening Guide.  This guide should be functionally Read more...