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VMware ESX scripts, commands, tools and other nice to know things that will make your virtualization days easier!!!!

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In April VMware released their hardening guide for vSphere 4.1 (http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-15413) , now the have also released a free tool to check your vSphere installations against their hardening guidelines. The tool is called “VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere” – http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere-compliance-checker/overview.html

Yesterday we upgraded one of our vSphere Clusters to 4.1 – it went smoothly 🙂 But today the users reported that they weren’t able to use cut % paste between the guest and their computer using the vSphere Client (Console). After a quick google we found that VMware has tightened the vSphere security by disabling […]

VMware has released their hardening guide for vSphere 4.0. There is more than 100 guidelines to choose from, divided between Introduction Virtual Machines Host (both ESXi and ESX) vNetwork vCenter Console OS (for ESX only) http://blogs.vmware.com/security/2010/04/vsphere-40-hardening-guide-released.html

Have you ever needed to document how secure your ESX servers are. If the answer is yes then take a look at these free fools (Compliance Checkers) from ConfigureSoft.com. http://www.configuresoft.com/compliance-checker.aspx If the answer is no I would sugest you took a look at the tools anyway…… Compliance Checker for VMware ESX, checks the compliance of […]

Have you ever needed to verify the security or hardened state of you ESX hosts? If yes, then these tools from ConfigureSoft.com or TripWire.com will help you make the process easier. If no, take a look at the tools anyway – it’s always nice to know if your “babies” are safe ;-). http://www.configuresoft.com/compliance-checker.aspx Compliance Checker […]

Today i came across an article from techtarget.com about securing and auditing VM’s and ESX hosts. There are a few free tools that can help you audit your host servers. Tripwire’s ConfigCheck and Configuresoft’s Compliance Checker for ESX, both of which are lite versions of each company’s enterprise-level product. Read the full article here.

TripWire is here…. Came accross this cool free tool to check your ESX 3.5 enviroment security against VMware hardening guide. ——————————– Tripwire® ConfigCheckTM is a free utility that rapidly assesses the security of VMware ESX 3.5 hypervisor configurations compared to the VMware Infrastructure 3 Security Hardening guidelines. Developed by Tripwire in cooperation with VMware, Tripwire […]

Frane Borozan has created a automated script based on VMware Converter to take a physical server and make fresh replica of it on VMware Server. It is worth a look. http://www.p2vbackup.com A. Mikkelsen

vRanger script

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At work we use vRanger to take DR snapshots of all our VM’s (more than 370). We decided that we would only snapshot drive 0 and use a TSM client to backup tha data in each VM and that the snapshots were only to be taken outside working hours. These choices gave us some problems […]

If you are looking for Security White Papers for VMware products take a closer look at http://www.vmware.com/security/ A. Mikkelsen