Deploying the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Simulator
For several years now, HPE has provided a simulated version of its 3PAR StoreServ storage array available for deployment in virtualized environments. While the simulator does not offer storage services to external devices, it is fully functional in almost all aspects allowing for complete testing of most features and management functions. In this post, we walk through the process to deploy and configure the simulator. Preparing for Deployment Before we can begin, we need to download the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Simulator from the My HPE Software Center.
Add Custom Properties to vRealize Operations Using the REST API and vRealize Orchestrator
I have been using vRealize Operations to monitor the compliance of virtual machines against the DISA VMware vSphere Virtual Machine STIG for quite some time now. With the release of the new VMware vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine STIG, I have discovered that vRealize Operations does not collect all the necessary information out of the box to verify compliance with the new STIG rules. Rather than waiting for VMware to provide an update to vRealize Operations, I decided to utilize vRealize Orchestrator to add custom properties to the virtual machines in vRealize Operations using the vRealize Operations REST API.
vRealize Operations Compliance Alerts for the vSphere 6.5 ESXi STIG
As a follow-up to my previous post providing alert content for the VMware vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine STIG Version 1, Release 1, I have also put together new alert content for the VMware vSphere 6.5 ESXi STIG Version 1, Release 1. See the link at the bottom of the page to download the alert content XML. The following STIG items cannot be verified by vRealize Operations because the checks are user process related, the configuration values are not currently collected by vRealize Operations, or the checks involve non-VMware assets (e.
vRealize Operations Compliance Alerts for the vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine STIG
With the recent release of the VMware vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine STIG Version 1, Release 1, I needed to create new vRealize Operations alert content to verify compliance of my virtual machines. Combined with the automated alert remediation process I described in a previous post, ensuring compliance with the new STIG requirements is easy. See the link at the bottom of the page to download the alert content XML. Unfortunately, the following STIG items can’t be verified by vRealize Operations either because the checks are user process related or the configuration values aren’t currently collected by vRealize Operations:
DISA Releases STIGs for VMware vSphere 6.5
Update: On Oct 25, 2019, DISA released the first update to the VMware vSphere 6.5 STIGs As of today, the Defense Information Systems Agency has made available the first STIGs for VMware vSphere 6.5. These STIGs can be downloaded from DoD Cyber Exchange here: DISA Virtualization STIG Downloads. The VMware vSphere 6.5 STIG ZIP file contains the following: VMware vSphere 6.5 Version 1 Release 1 - Overview PDF VMware vSphere 6.