Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance

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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by Read more...

Learn about vSphere 6.5 – and Win a Drone!

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If you haven’t yet taken the Hands-on Lab for vSphere 6.5, now is the perfect time to do so.  When it was originally released during VMworld 2016, this lab was running a pre-release version of vSphere. The HOL team has been hard at work, and they have just updated the lab to the officially released version of Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available

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Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide!   Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5.  Only an increasingly small subset of the settings are Read more...
TLS Reconfigurator

vSphere and TLS 1.2

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I traditionally don’t write much about compliance. I’ve been very focused on security. But some might ask “Aren’t they the same thing?”  My answer is unequivocally “No” but remember, this is my opinion and in the world of security, we are all entitled to our opinion, right? Security vs. Compliance Security is a practice. It’s Read more...
vSphere 6.5 PWT launch

vSphere 6.5 Security Product Walkthroughs

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Are you aware of the VMware Product Walkthrough site? If not, you’re missing out on some really great content. A product walkthrough is a guided “tour” of many of VMware’s products. They are helpful when you want to do a dry run of a task, like encrypting a VM for example, so that you can Read more...

New Product Walkthrough – Hybrid vSphere SSL Certificate Replacement

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The VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) was first introduced in vSphere 6.0 to improve the lifecycle management of SSL Certificates. This post will explain a little bit about the VMCA and its capabilities while also making a recommendation on how to deploy certificates in your environment. Finally, a new click-by-click walkthrough has been created to serve Read more...

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper

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Ever since we announced vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe 2016, the reaction we’ve heard has been overwhelmingly positive.  It’s easy to see why, with major new features in areas ranging from vCenter Server and the VCSA, to Security, to the new developer and automation APIs and CLIs.  vSphere 6.5 also features important enhancements to core Read more...

PowerCLI for VM Encryption

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Hi everyone, I’m happy (ok, beyond happy!) to announce that our VM Encryption engineering team has released a PowerCLI module for VM Encryption! In case you weren’t aware, there’s a Github repository of VMware PowerShell modules. Check them out! Included in there is the new PowerCLI Module for VM Encryption. It’s chock full of lots Read more...