How to audit vSphere Standalone VMRC or HTML5 VMRC connections?

An interesting question that came in last week from one of our TAMs was how to identify and audit Virtual Machine Remote Console (VMRC) logins from vSphere? The TAM was specifically interested in being able to correlate that a particular user had logged into the VMRC of a VM during a specific period of time. Luckily, this is easily retrievable through vCenter Servers’s […]

How to bootstrap the VCSA using the ESXi Embedded Host Client?

In the past, I have written about various ways of “bootstrapping” vCenter Server (here and here) which can be useful for setting up greenfield vSphere deployments. This topic has always been of interest to me because it can be the most challenging to solve, especially when you only start out with a single ESXi host. Historically, these “bootstrapping” options have […]

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 […]