DISA Releases VMware vSphere 7.0 STIGs Version 1, Release 1

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Almost three years after VMware vSphere 7.0 was released (April 2, 2020), the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) made available the first STIGs for VMware vSphere 7.0 on March 15, 2023. The STIGs can be downloaded from the Public DoD Cyber Exchange STIGs Document Library by searching for “VMware vSphere 7.0 STIG”. I have not completed an in-depth comparison, but from what I’ve noticed, this STIG release aligns with the content previously provided by VMware in their VMware vSphere 7.

VMware Aria Automation 8.11.1 is Now Available

VMware released the latest update to the VMware Aria Suite, VMware Aria Automation 8.11.1, on February 21, 2023. This release focuses primarily on customized notifications in Service Broker, CPU/Storage capacity enhancements, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) improvements, minor product enhancements, and bug fixes.

Configure NetApp ONTAP System Manager to Use VMware Identity Manager as a SAML IdP

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This blog post provides a quick walkthrough of configuring NetApp ONTAP System Manager to use VMware Identity Manager/Workspace ONE Access to provide SAML authentication for users. This blog post assumes that your VMware Identity Manager and NetApp ONTAP System Manager environments are online and functional. Create SAML Users in NetApp ONTAP System Manager The first step in this process is to ensure that you have user accounts defined within NetApp ONTAP System Manager to support your SAML users.

Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from Aria Automation Orchestrator

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In my previous blog post Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from vCenter Server Using PowerCLI, I provided a quick walkthrough of how to manage ESXi local user accounts using VMware PowerCLI and VMware vCenter Server. This post will provide a similar walkthrough, but I will utilize VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator this time. Getting Started This walkthrough assumes that you already have a working VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator deployment and that you’ve already established a connection to your VMware vCenter Server instance from VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator.

Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from vCenter Server Using PowerCLI

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There was once a time early in my career when I would SSH to each VMware ESXi host and manually update the root account’s password. As time went by and the environment I was responsible for grew larger, so did the workload for resetting root account passwords regularly. Eventually, I researched and learned that these VMware ESXi local user accounts could be modified using VMware PowerCLI, and password updates became a much easier task.

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