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Hardening vSphere 5.0

Filed under: ms tip — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mehmet Bora Teoman @ 11:58

Hello folks

This is another article about vSphere virtualization environment and I want to talk about hardening processes for ESXi 5 in this article. By design, ESXi 5 has a very small attacking surface and is a relatively secure platform. But further hardening can be performed on ESXi hosts and virtual machines to make virtualization infrastructure more secure (and that is a good thing). Third party products can be used for security reasons but today  our topic will be the basic configuration changes that we can make on vSphere environment itself for a more secure platform.

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VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) 5.0 Configuration and Remediation of ESXi 5 Host

Filed under: ms tip — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mehmet Bora Teoman @ 11:10

In the previous article, I talked about the installation of VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) 5.0. In this article, I want to explain the basic configuration options that we can play with and how we can apply patches to host machines via VUM. In previous version of VUM, virtual machines can be patched also. But in this version, we can only patch hosts, upgrade hosts and perform VMware Tools / Virtual Machine hardware upgrade operations. So lets begin with the basic configuration options we have.

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VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) 5.0 Installation

Filed under: ms tip — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mehmet Bora Teoman @ 14:54


Throughout the last three articles, I’ve talked about the installations of ESXi 5, vCenter Server and vSphere Client. Actually these three components of VMware virtualization are sufficient to build and manage your basic virtual environment. But as any operating system in IT world, ESXi virtualization software also needs updates against the vulnerabilities and bugs. VMware vSphere Update Manager 5 was written for updating ESXi 5 and ESX 4/3.5 host machines and vmtools/hardware version of the virtual machines in your environment. Believe me, it must be a permanent component in your vSphere environment. In this article I will try to explain the installation of VMware vSphere Update Manager 5 component.

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vSphere Client 5.0

Filed under: ms tip — Tags: , , , , — Mehmet Bora Teoman @ 17:39


Hi everyone

The previous two articles were about ESXi 5 and vCenter Server 5 installations. This time I am going to talk about the installation of vSphere Client which is the main management console of VMware virtualization environment. First, I will explain the step by step installation of it (which is too easy)  and then I will talk about the basic processes that you have to complete after installation.

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Step by Step Guide for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta – 05

SCVMM 2012 Beta

This is the fifth part of the article series about SCVMM 2012 Beta and until now, I have installed SCVMM 2012 Beta on my management server and configured the components in my fabric. I also  added a Hyper-V host to SCVMM 2012 and created a new cloud. In this fifth and final part, I will  talk about self-service user roles and I will show you how to assign the cloud to a user role. So what is self-service user role? What is it used for?

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