VMware Aria Operations (formerly vRealize Operations)
Aria Operations Compliance Content for the vSphere 8 Security Configuration Guide is Available
The VMware vSphere Security Configuration Guide has long been the standard baseline for hardening VMware vSphere environments utilized by engineers across the world. As such, with the release of VMware vSphere 8.0, VMware also released a new version of the security configuration guide. For those familiar with implementing United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) STIGs, the guidance provided within the VMware vSphere 8 Security Configuration Guide should seem quite familiar.
Aria Operations Compliance Content for the vSphere 7.0 STIG Readiness Guide is Available
While the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) hasn’t officially released a STIG for VMware vSphere 7.0, VMware has released what they refer to as their “VMware vSphere 7.0 STIG Readiness Guide”. This guide, while not an official STIG, is based on years of experience assisting the DoD in generating the official DISA STIG releases for previous VMware vSphere product versions. Based on their knowledge of the DoD SRGs and previous STIGs, they are confident that the guidance provided within the VMware vSphere 7.
VMware vRealize Operations 8.6.3 is Now Available
vRealize Operations has received its latest update on April 25, 2022. vRealize Operations 8.6.3 is a maintenance release which resolves several important security, performance, stability, and functionality issues identified in the product.
Monitoring VMware Identity Manager with VMware vRealize Operations
Those familiar with deploying VMware vRealize Suite know just how vital VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is to support the entire deployment. For those who haven’t deployed VMware vRealize Suite, VMware Identity Manager is the centralized authentication platform integrated throughout the entire VMware vRealize Suite of products. It provides multiple directory options, including Active Directory Integrated Windows Authentication, Active Directory over LDAPS, traditional LDAP directories, and local directories. Authentication options include traditional username/password, x509 certificate/smart card, Kerberos, RSA Adaptive Authentication, RSA SecurID, and RADIUS.
vRealize Operations Compliance Alerts for the vSphere 6.7 STIG
While I will admit that I’m a little bit behind on this one, I’ve finally put together my vRealize Operations compliance content for the VMware vSphere 6.7 STIG that was released by DISA earlier this year. The VMware vSphere 6.7 STIG release was quite different from the previous releases and includes 12 separate STIGs. Not only are there compliance checks related to Virtual Machines, ESXi hosts, and the vCenter Server application, there are also STIGs for various services that make up the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA).