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Automatically Securing Virtual Machines Using a vCenter Alarm

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In a previous blog post, we demonstrated how you can easily automate the hardening of your Virtual Machines by using a PowerCLI or vSphere SDK for Perl script and apply the latest vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide recommendations for your Virtual Machines. Now, this is great for securing your existing Virtual Machines, but what about Read more...

Leveraging vApp & VM Custom Properties In vCloud Director

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer A neat little feature that I have been exploring with in vCloud Director is Custom Properties for a vApp and Virtual Machine. This was one of the new features in the vCloud Director 1.5 release which allows users to easily pass data into the guest OSes using OVF Read more...

Automate the Hardening of Your Virtual Machine VMX Configurations

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer As you probably have heard, VMware has just released the official vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide. In addition to providing the latest guidelines for the vSphere 5.0 platform, the new hardening guide also includes several enhancements, one of which are the CLI (ESXi Shell, vCLI or PowerCLI) commands Read more...

vCLI + ESXCLI Authentication Options

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer Did you know the vCLI (includes ESXCLI) offers several different authentication options? This is actually not a very well known fact and I thought I share some of the different options, as this question comes up from time to time. Read more...

Resize & Hot-Add/Extend Virtual Machine Disks using vCloud API

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer In vCloud Director today, users can not modify or resize a virtual disk for a Virtual Machine (VM) using the vCloud UI, even if the VM is powered off. Though not ideal, this operation can still be accomplished in vCloud Director by leveraging the vCloud API or vCenter Read more...

Backup Design for vCloud Director Tenant vApps Whitepaper

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer A new whitepaper was recently released by VMware called Backup Design for vCloud Tenant vApps to help provide guidance to partners looking to design and build backup solutions for tenant vApps running in vCloud Director. The document covers the complete process for a backup and restore of a Read more...

Using the Entity Resolver in the vCloud API

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer I recently received a question about whether it was possible to look up a vCloud Director Object with just knowing the object’s unique identifier (URN format) using the vCloud API? The use case for this was to store the vCloud Director’s unique object ID in an external system Read more...