Using the vCenter Login Banner for RSA SecurID support

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In vSphere 6.0 Update 2 we added the capability to use RSA SecurID for two-factor authentication (2FA) in to the web client (only). I wrote about that in a two part blog series. Part 1 and Part 2 I recently got an email from a customer asking me about the implementation of the RSA SecurID Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-2

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The first post in this series covered Phase 1 of the vSphere 6.5 upgrade process. Phase 1 consists of all the upfront work that one should do before starting an upgrade. This includes getting familiar with the new vSphere 6.5 features and the necessary documents. Hopefully, by now you’ve done your homework and are ready to move Read more...

Secure By Default – VM.disable-unexposed-features

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I’m super happy to announce that we are showing more progress in our quest for “Secure By Default” for ESXi and vCenter Server. This latest update is one that is near and dear to many of you who live and breath by the Hardening Guide (now called the Security Configuration Guide in 6.5) and its Read more...
vR Ops 6.6 Workload Placement Dashboard

vSphere with Operations Management Updates!

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It’s that time again, release time! This month’s releases feature some great updates to vSphere with Operations Management in the form of vRealize Operations Manager (vR Ops) 6.6 and vRealize Log Insight 4.5. Updates to vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 With this release, the first thing you’ll immediately notice is the updates to the user interface Read more...

Oracle on the SDDC – CPBU 2017

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Oracle on vSphere and the SDDC Developments 2017H1 Many positive developments have materialized over the past few months pertaining to the subject of Oracle on vSphere and the SDDC.  This blog entry will both summarize the individual developments as well as highlight the important aspects of each item.   VMware and Oracle Collaborate to Enable Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

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The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based backup and restore allows customers the ability to backup their vCenter Server from the VAMI or by Read more...

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...