vSphere Hardening – G2 : Configure Host Profiles to monitor and alert on configuration changes


Guideline ID : ESXi.enable-host-profiles

Vulnerability Discussion : Monitoring for configuration drift and unauthorized changes is critical to ensuring the security of an ESXi host. Host Profiles provide an automated method for monitoring host configurations against an established template and for providing notification if deviations are detected.

Risk Profile : 1, 2, 3

Description : Configure Host Profiles to monitor and alert on configuration changes

Create Host profile 

  1. Log in to the Webclient of your vCenter server and click on host profile .
  2. click on the + Sign to create new host profile andit will pop up an wizard
  3. Select the
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vSphere Hardening – G1 : Create a non-root user account for local admin access


Guideline IDESXi.create-local-admin

Vulnerability Discussion : By default each ESXi host has a single “root” admin account that is used for local administration and to connect the host to vCenter Server.  To avoid sharing a common root account it is recommended on each host to create at least one named user account and assign it full admin privileges and to use  this account in lieu of a shared “root” account.  Set a highly complex password for the “root” account and secure it in a safe location.  Limit the use of “root” but do not remove the “root” account.

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Risk Profiles Explained :vSphere Hardening


A Risk Profile is a way to categorize the security level. Some Security guidelines are “1” or some are “2” & “3”  because these are things you should be doing as per the organization requirement

Example: Setting users is something you do for all Risk Profiles. We should look at Risk Profile “3” is that it’s based on common sense/industry standard practice IT Operations.

Here is the detailed categorization for the each or the Risk profile.

Risk Profile 1: These security guidelines that can only be applicable in the highest security environments. E.g. Top-secret government or military, extremely sensitive data, Read The Rest ......

Understanding vSphere Hardening


Hi All,

While i was preparing for my vSphere Design Exam i found this interesting topic and most important to use in Every Well designed infrastructure for security and hardening of the environment. Hardening vSphere as per customer requirement is comes with may challenges like below.

  1. Understand the customer exactly what he is looking for.
  2. Also Contained a mix of
    • Operational Guidance – How you use the product in your environment
    • Programmatic Guidance – What settings should be applied OR audited

Operational guidelines

  • They can be addressed or mitigated in many ways
  • They are generally left open to interpretation
  • In
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Disable unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance


Hello All,

Recently i deployed the vSphere update manager in my lab to test some of the functionality . After testing is done i wanted to remove the plugin from vcsa but disabling it doesnt work as my vCenter keep searching and querying the update manager server. So i thought to remove it. As may be most of the people know how to remove it  but i thought to share it with the people in more details. There is an VMWare KB is also there to do so. so lets start.

In a web browser, navigate to http://vCenter_Server_name_or_IP/mob.… Read The Rest ......

Vembu now supports VMware vSphere 6.7 with its latest update


The hottest topic revolving in virtualization in recent times has been about the release of VMware vSphere 6.7. What followed was the increased expectations from the users to get a backup support for vSphere 6.7. While the majority of the backup vendors are scrambling to make progress, we have an update already released to support Backup for vSphere 6.7.

VMware 6.7 was announced on 17th of April, 2018.

In less than 60 days after the official release, Vembu is geared up to support 6.7.

With this latest upgrade, VMware aimed to create a consistent infrastructure for users across all … Read The Rest ......

Hello All,

Someone asked me about the way to calculate the raw Capacity(HDD or SDD placed for Capacity tier), i elaborated him the way to organize and decided to share it with everyone.

For redundancy and high avialbility vsa offer Number of Failures to Tolerate (#FTT) which we can set to 0, 1, 2, 3 according to the need and capacity available. The default is #FTT=1 which means using distributed software RAID there will be 2 (#FTT+1) copies of the data on two different hosts in the cluster. So if the VM is 100GB then it takes 200GB of VSAN … Read The Rest ......

How to unlock and reset SSO password in vSphere 6.x

Passrod reset

Hello All,

Today i logged in to my Lab which is hosted in vCloud Air LAB powered by OVH, unfortunately i forgot the password of my SSO account as i didnt used from the long time and somehow i was not able to find it in my Password DB. Anyways then i managed to reset the password for my SSO account so i thought to share it with you all so if sometime anyone got stuck can reset the password via the same way. Lets start.

I am using vcsa 6.5 with external PSC controller. Just for info as its … Read The Rest ......

All Badges in bag now. #vExpert – #vExpertNSX – #vExpertVSAN

This morning when I woke up I was reading tweets on my handset and i just came up the vExpert announcement for 2017. I was more curious as i also applied for the vSAN & NSX programme too. I opened the announcement page and voila!! My name was on the both list (vExpertvSAN and NSX) . I selected in vExpert NSX programme 2nd Time this time and vSAN is the new achievement for me.


Here are the links for the complete vExpert lists

vExpert vSAN : https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-nsx-2017-award-announcement.html

vExpert NSX  : https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-2017-vsan-announcement.html