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vSphere Security resources

vSphere Security: Advanced SSH Configurations (Simon Eady)

There are different schools of thought as to whether you should have SSH enabled on your hosts. VMware recommend it is disabled. With SSH disabled there is no possibility of attack, so that’s the “most secure” option. Of course in the real world there’s a ...
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vSphere Hardening – Part 2

First of all, I am very sorry for the long period of time between the previous episode and this follow up. In the previous post, documents related to security and hardening like “vSphere Security Guide” and “VMware vSphere Security Hardening Guide” were d ...
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Security Questions from VMworld 2013

While at VMworld 2013, I started to ask 5 security questions that have been bothering me for some time now. Some of these questions apparently have no answers currently and others only have operational answers, no technology. Security of a secure hybrid c ...
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VMware 5.1 DISA STIG and Hardening Guide PowerCLI (Blah blah blah)

I had the challenge of applying the new hot off the press DISA STIG 5.1.  This goes hand in hand with VMware 5.1 hardening guide.  In fact those are the resources that I used to craft the powershell script.  The VCenter and ESXi STIG could ...
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vSphere Hardening – Part 1

Recently, I was involved in a project and tasked with the design and implementation of a small vSphere Cluster, shared storage and a backup solution. At one day, I was asked to take care of “hardening the environment”. So my first question was, “What are ...
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Security in VMware Virtual Appliances

Today I got a reminder of a post I have been meaning to write about security best practices and VMware Virtual Appliances. A question was raised on the VMTN community VCSA - what is the default "upgrade" user for?

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How to install (or update) VMware Tools in pfSense (VMware Front Experience)

I blogged before about pfSense, the Open Source FreeBSD-based router and firewall appliance that I use in my hosted virtual lab (SBHVL) to implement IPv6-capable routing and firewalling and connecting two hosts through an OpenVPN tunnel.I use the current ...
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PFsense homelab firewall – Part2

PFsense homelab firewall deployment on vSphere 5.1 homelab server.

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PFSense homelab firewall – Part1

If one look around for easy to set up, manage and opensource firewall, router or VPN server – pfSense is definitely something worth to look on it closer. I use pfSense in my homelab as a firewall, router and VPN server to simulate different use case scena ...
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vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide goes mobile! (VMware vSphere Blog)

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 f ...
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VMware has released the Official vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide

When implementing VMware virtualization technology, organizations must ensure that they can continue to maintain a secure environment and meet their compliance obligations. To do so, you will have to evaluate risks that might affect protected information ...
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Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 (2049354)

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 is an integrated solution that protects virtual machines on a VMware ESXi host against viruses and other computer security threats and scanning the network traffic of virtual machines for activity typical of netwo ...
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vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Release Candidate now available

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 complete and has been posted for your review and your feedback. We’d love to hear your feedback, good ...
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vSphere 5.1 Single Sign-on (SSO) - Deployment & Configuration Made Easy!!

A few days back one of my favorite blogger – Michael Webster, wrote about vSphere Singe-Sign On and some best practices around it. Interestingly, the title he chose for this article was “Disabling vSphere 5.1 Single Sign-on (SSO) – Don’t do it!”   ...
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vSphere Security Hardening Report Script Updated for vSphere 5.1 (virtuallyGhetto)

A public draft of the vSphere Security Hardening Guide for vSphere 5.1 was released a few weeks back by my colleague Mike Foley. Since then I have been asked by several people if I had a chance to update my vSphere Security Hardening Report Script. The an ...
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Virtual Firewalls Webinar – Longer Than Expected

When I started developing the virtual firewalls webinar, it looked like a simple project: define what a virtual firewall is and explain the architectural options (see the diagram).

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