Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)

In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details on the affected Intel CPUs along with the recommended workaround in case you […]

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 […]

Configuring a "Whitelist" for VM advanced settings in vCloud Director

The ability to preserve a Virtual Machine’s “virtual hardware personality” during an export has been around since the release of vSphere and vCloud Director 5.1 also known as a Lossless OVF Export. However, when it comes time to import that Virtual Machine back into your environment, will it be a “lossless” import? For vSphere, the […]

How to recover VCSA 5.5 from an expired administrator account?

Last week I wrote about a new security feature in the new VCSA 5.5 where the administrator account (root) password will now expire automatically after 90 days of powering on the VCSA if the password is not changed before then. This new enhancement is to ensures that administrative passwords are rotated routinely for good security […]

Administrator password expiration in new VCSA 5.5

A new security enhancement that you should be aware of when deploying the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 is that there is now a password expiration that is enabled for the administrator account (root) after powering on the VCSA. By default, the password will expire 90 days after and if the password is not […]