Auditing & Automating Disabled Protocols (TLS/SSLv3) for ESXi 6.0u3 & 6.5 using PowerCLI

A couple of weeks back, I had received a question from one of our TAMs in regards to automating the disablement of specific TLS/SSL protocols for their ESXi 6.0 Update 3 hosts. As of vSphere 6.0 Update 3 and vSphere 6.5, customers now have the ability to completely disable TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and SSLv3 using […]

PowerCLI Core is now available on Docker Hub!

The much anticipated PowerCLI Core was just released this week as a VMware Fling which allows you to run PowerCLI on Linux, Mac OS X or even as a Docker Container. This is HUGE if you ask me, especially for customers who would like the benefits of PowerCLI and not be forced to use a Windows system which it traditionally […]

How to restrict access to both the Standalone VMRC & HTML5 VM Console?

Several weeks back there were a couple of questions from our field asking about locking down access to a Virtual Machine’s Console which includes both the new Standalone VMRC (Windows & Mac OS X) which runs on your desktop as well as the new HTML5 VM Console which runs in the browser. Below is a […]

Quick Tip - Pre-filled credentials in the vSphere 6.0 Web Client

This past weekend I was finishing up a couple of demo recordings for my VMworld sessions in case the live demos fail for whatever reason, which has happened to me in the past. A few of the demos involve the vSphere Web Client UI and I thought instead of wasting time and potentially fat fingering credentials up on […]

How to automatically log all VM configuration changes using a vCenter Server Alarm?

If you followed my previous blog post on How to audit VM reconfigurations and see what exactly changed, you may have concluded that historical VM configuration events may potentially be unavailable by the time you need to perform an audit. The reason for this is that the VM Events tables may have rotated out depending on the retention policy of your vCenter Server […]