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Assign Domain Users vCenter Single Sign Administrator Privileges

If you have upgraded your Virtual Infrastructure to vSphere 5.1 or 5.5, you are already aware of the addition of Single Sign On. When installing Single Sign On, a default user Admin@System-Domain is created for you with a password that you have assigned t ...
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YouTube - DEFCON 20 - How to Hack VMware vCenter Server in 60 Seconds

Hardening your vCenter to protec from security breaches!

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Configuring vCenter Single Sign On for high availability

Configure vCenter Single Sign On for High Availability (HA) by installing two nodes in HA mode and putting them behind load balancing software. In HA mode, both the nodes work with the same database, use the same data, and have the same user stores.When c ...
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Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On

In vSphere 5.1, vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) can be deployed in three modes: Basic, HA, or Multisite. HA mode can utilize a load balancer to increase the availability of the service. Although VMware does not provide the load balancer, any SSL-enabled HTTP ...
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Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment

This topic describes how to prepare for and install a multisite vCenter Single Sign On deployment.

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vCenter Single Sign On FAQ

This article provides answers to frequently answered questions about vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO).Notes:For more information, see the vSphere 5.1 documentation. The documentation contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the docum ...
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Comparing the behavior of vCenter Single Sign On with earlier versions of vCenter Server

This article explains the differences in the behaviour of Single Sign on in vCenter Server 5.1 and earlier versions. Note: This is a not a comprehensive guide. For more information, see the vSphere 5.1 documentation. The documentation contains definitive ...
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Adding AD authentication to VMware SSO 5.1

With the release of VMware vCenter Server 5.1 an important new component has been released: the VMware Single Sign-On (SSO) server. It is one of the components of vCenter Server and is a requirement for installation. Through the SSO server a user now gets ...
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vCenter Single Sign On: Understanding the Administrators role

Staff Engineer Stephanie Dee describes the types of vCenter administrator privileges and how roles are assigned when you install vCenter Server using the Simple Install process.

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vCenter Single Sign On: Managing Users

Staff Engineer Stephanie Dee describes how users authenticate through vCenter Single Sign On, which draws from multiple user repositories such as OpenLDAP and Active Directory.

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vShield 5 App Deep Dive Series Part 1: Deployment options for vShield Manager with vCenter Server

A very common question has been whether you can have vShield App protect the same cluster running its associated vCenter Server and vShield Manager.  Now with 5.0.1, this is no longer a limitation! There are some minor trade-offs, which I describe...vShie ...
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Restricting Domain Admins from vCenter

This morning I was talking to a friend who asked me how can he restrict the domain admins in his domain from having Admin access in vCenter. This is a very typical concern usually in bigger environments where roles are distributed. This might be common kn ...
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Using Roles to Secure your VMware ESX Infrastructure

If you think about it, both Windows and Linux have security roles. In Windows, you might be a print server operator, server administrator, or backup operator. These are some of the built-in roles that Windows calls "built-in groups" (which has b ...
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vSphere 5 Firewalls

By default, when ESXi is installed, the firewall is enabled. The default configuration is to permit only the required operational traffic and to deny all others. As a note, the command esxcfg-firewall was retired and replaced by esxcli network firewall in ...
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Get-AllRolePrivileges

This is a good script to easily report on privileges and can easily be extended to audit against a known good list of expected roles/privileges.

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VCP5 Blueprint with PowerCLI – Objective 1.4 – Secure vCenter Server and ESXi (Firewall and Host Security)

See the Series page for more info on the VCP5 Blueprint with PowerCLI series and for links to its other parts. Please note that I do not think there is any PowerCLI on the VCP 5 test (except maybe for Auto Deploy), this is simply an exercise at looking at ...
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VCP5 Blueprint with PowerCLI – Objective 1.4 – Secure vCenter Server and ESXi (Permissions)

See the Series page for more info on the VCP5 Blueprint with PowerCLI series and for links to its other parts. Please note that I do not think there is any PowerCLI on the VCP 5 test (except maybe for Auto Deploy), this is simply an exercise at looking at ...
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