Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security? Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security?

Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

If you are attending VMworld US 2017 from August 27-31st in Las Vegas, NV and you are interested in the new vSphere 6.5 Security feature sets, then I have a lab for you! I am a lab captain for the Hands On Labs and have two labs that I created for this years VMworld sessions.

These new labs as well as the many other will only be available at the VMworld US and Europe conferences initially. After both conferences are over, we slowly release most of the new labs to the public-facing Hands On Labs environment that anyone can get to with an internet connection. You will see some labs to start showing up on the public side right after VMworld and then the rest typically will be released within or month or so. No guarantee on what labs will make it to the public site and when they will show up though, that is just what I’ve typically seen over the past few years.

This is my first time as a lab captain and creating labs, so I would love to see some HUGE numbers of people taking my labs! It would make me feel good knowing that people learned something by taking my labs. If you end up taking either lab at VMworld or even after they have been released to the public-facing HOL site, let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on my social media outlets, the links to them are on the right side of the page.

Public Facing – Hands On Labs Site:  labs.hol.vmware.com

Below are the labs that I have built and a summary of each of them:

  • (HOL-1811-01-SDC) vSphere 6.5 – What’s New:
    • Description:  Explore some of the new features of vSphere 6.5 including VM Encryption, vCenter High Availability, and the new HTML5 vSphere Client. You will also learn about the improved vCenter Server Appliance and how to migrate from a Windows-based vCenter Server installation.
  • (HOL-1811-04-SDC) vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started:
    • Description:  Experience new security features of vSphere 6.5, including VM Encryption, Audit Quality Logging, Encrypted vMotion, Key. We also use our vRealize Log Insight solution to look at the enhanced logging of the vCenter server logs. Add Key Management Servers (KMS) to the vCenter server and create a trust between them. Then we use PowerCLI commands to encrypt/decrypt virtual machines as well as other encryption related tasks.

Don’t forget to stop into the Hands On Labs at VMworld and take some labs…see you there!

 

 

 

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month? Check Out This Summary!

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!

 

 

Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.

One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.

 

Product Announcements:

 

Acquisitions:

 

Latest Promotions/Discounts:   http://www.vmware.com/promotions.html

  • New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
  • Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017

 

Security:

  • WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.

 

VMware Partnerships:  

 

VMware Partner Accreditation’s:

 

VMworld 2017:

 

7 Simple Ways to Secure Your Smartphone

7 Simple Ways to Secure Your Smartphone [blogs.air-watch.com]

7 Simple Ways to Secure Your Smartphone

As we move more of our work and personal lives digital and carry all of it in our pockets, securing our smartphones often feels daunting and confusing. If you follow a few simple steps, you can protect yourself from the vast majority of threats that exist—both physical and digital.


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Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical…

You may have seen the recent release announcement for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 and NSX-T 1.1. This technical white paper is focused on the VMware NSX-T architecture, components, and capabilities. We also explain the technical advantages and benefits of the NSX-T architecture.


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VMware NSX 6.2 Beginners Guide – From Zero to Full Deployment for Labs

VMware NSX 6.2 Beginners Guide – From Zero to Full Deployment for Labs – via Virten.net

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This beginners guide explains how to deploy NSX in your homelab even with limited physical ressources by downsizing NSX Manager and NSX Controller VMs.


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VMware NSX for vSphere Essentials: A practical guide to implementing Network Virtualization

Available for pre order – VMware NSX for vSphere Essentials: A practical guide to implementing Network Virtualization

Available for pre order – VMware NSX for…

This is the first definitive reference for all network and data center virtualization professionals planning, implementing, or operating VMware NSX 6.2 for vSphere.


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VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

[Video] VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

Find your ideal partner in the cloud, Ease your journey with a vCloud Air Network free trial to ensure the services you select meet your expectations and business requirements. Go to vcloudairnetwork.com.


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Early Release eBook – Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer

Early Release eBook – Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer – via ntpro.nl

Early Release eBook – Network Programmability…

With Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form—the author’s raw and unedited content as he or she writes—so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You’ll also receive updates when significant changes are made, new chapters are available, and the final ebook bundle is released.


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How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi

How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi – via ESX Virtualization

How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi

This tip will allow you to add a security banner to the ESXi direct console. It can be a security message or informative message. Sometimes within an organization, there is a need to have such a message displayed prior to login. This post How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi, was brought to you by ESX Virtualization.


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Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security – via VMware CIO Vantage

Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security – via VMware CIO Vantage

Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security

Amid reports of massive IoT hacks, the industry is ramping up initiatives to bolster the security of the IoT ecosystem.


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NSX and Micro-segmentation

NSX and Micro-segmentation

NSX and Micro-segmentation

In this video I will go over the basic concept of micro segmentation within the datacenter. micro segmentation is a key feature of NSX and a common use case for customers as it allows distinct isolation between servers and their east / west traffic. This is not easily accomplished with traditional hardware firewalls, using NSX creating segmentation rules is simplified and manageable.


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Basic VMware Security Tools and Practices

Basic VMware Security Tools and Practices

Basic VMware Security Tools and Practices

I had the pleasure of joining my first ever internal security conference called MooseCon (Making Our Organization Security Experts Conference). There were a variety of topics discussed, but one particular talk by Noah Wasmer, Senior Vice President of Mobile Products, stayed with me the most. Noah discussed recent cyber attacks in the news, and he asked, “If you were on the front page of the Wall Street Journal because of a security breach, what would that do to your business?”


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Automated Deployment and Setup of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) – virtuallyGhetto

Automated deployment and setup of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) – virtuallyGhetto

Automated deployment and setup of vRealize…

Earlier last week I had deployed the latest version of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.2 in my home lab to learn more about the product and its capabilities. The vRNI setup involves involves deploying two Virtual Machines, the first being the main vRNI Platform OVA. Once the vRNI Platform VM has been deployed, you will need to activate it with […]


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The Security Features in vSphere 6.5 – RJ Approves

The Security Features in vSphere 6.5 – RJ Approves

The Security Features in vSphere 6.5 – RJ Approves

Its refreshing to see VMware put efforts and focus on security features in the vSphere 6.5 release this year. VM encryption, vMotion encryption and VM Secure boot are a few to name. I will briefly …Read More


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[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data Center Security with VMware NSX

[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data Center Security with VMware NSX

[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data…

RSVP to our #NSX lightboard webcasts for an overview of how to implement micro-segmentation.


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The difference Between VM Encryption in vSphere 6.5 and vSAN Encryption (Yellow-Bricks)

The difference Between VM Encryption in vSphere 6.5

and vSAN 6.5 Encryption (Yellow-Bricks)

 

More and more people are starting to ask me what the difference is between VMCrypt aka VM Encryption and the beta feature we announced not to long ago called vSAN Encryption. (Note, we announced a beta, no promises were made around dates or actual releases or releasing of the feature.) Both sounds very much the same and essential both end up encrypting the VM but there is a big difference in terms of how it is implemented. There are advantages and disadvantages to both solutions. Lets look at VM Encryption first.

VM Encryption is implemented through VAIO (vSphere APIs for IO Filters). The VAIO framework allows a filter driver to do “things” to/with the IO that a VM sends down to a device. One of these things is encryption. Now before I continue, take a look at this picture of where the filter driver sits.

As you can see the filter driver is implemented in the User World and the action against the IO is taken at the top level. If this for instance is encryption then any data send across the wire is already encrypted. Great in terms of security of course. And all of this can be enabled through policy. Simply create the policy, select the VM or VMDK you want to encrypt and there you go. So if it is that awesome, why vSAN Encryption?

 

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Get a holistic view of your network with vRealize Network Insight – TechTarget

Get a holistic view of your network with vRealize Network Insight – TechTarget

Get a holistic view of your network with…

VMware vRealize Network Insight promises to provide a comprehensive view of the network, as well as better NSX management. We put it to the test to see if this promise holds up.


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vSphere 6.5 – How VM’s are Secured using…

vSphere 6.5 – How VM’s are Secured using vSphere 6.5 Security Features? -via www.vmwarearena.com

vSphere 6.5 – How VM’s are Secured using…

vSphere 6.5 released with lot of new features that most of them were waiting for. vSphere 6.5, the latest version of its industry-leading virtualization platform. This new release of vSphere features a dramatically simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, and a universal app platform for running any app. I agree with the feature sets, availability and […] The post vSphere 6.5 – How VM’s are Secured using vSphere 6.5 Security Features? appeared first on VMware Arena.


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What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security

What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security -VMware vSphere Blog

What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security

vSphere 6.5 is a turning point in VMware infrastructure security. What was mostly an afterthought by many IT folks only a few short years ago is now one of the top drivers of innovation for vSphere. Security has become a front and center focus of this release and I think you’ll like what we’ve come up with.


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Introducing VMware Workspace ONE Essentials

Introducing VMware Workspace ONE Essentials -VMware EUC Blog

Introducing VMware Workspace ONE Essentials

As we look back over the last year, it’s been an incredible ride for VMware’s End-User Computing team. We introduced VMware Workspace ONE in February to transform the delivery of secure digital workspaces to workers on any device anywhere. The feedback has been extremely positive, with organizations like American Red Cross using Workspace ONE to […] The post Introducing VMware Workspace ONE Essentials appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog .


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Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment

Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment -VMGuru

Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment

When installing NSX in a environment, you will at some point need to deploy NSX controllers. By default these controllers are equiped with four vCPU’s, which is fine for a production environment. Butif you want to play around withNSX in a lab environment like I wanted to, then you might not have the hardware (in my case 1 CPU, 2 cores) to support those four vCPU’s. In this article I will describe how I managed to deploy a two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment. Before we start I need to…Read More


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10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta -AirWatch Blog

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

Gargantuan disruption on the way, new analytics technology, working with smart glasses—here are today’s top 10 takeaways from Connect Atlanta. 1. Swift, Sweeping Change Coming We are entering into the fourth industrial revolution, said Noah Wasmer today, head of mobile products at VMware AirWatch. Drones are following us, devices are becoming slimmer and more disposable […]


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Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates Bring the Digital Workspace to Life -AirWatch Blog

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Connect Atlanta always serves as the launch pad for new innovations in the world of business mobility. 2016 is no different. In fact, this might be our most memorable Connect ever. Today at Connect Atlanta 2016, we revealed so many new updates and features that I’m floored by the work our R&D teams did in […]


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Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates Bring the Digital Workspace to Life -AirWatch Blog

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Connect Atlanta always serves as the launch pad for new innovations in the world of business mobility. 2016 is no different. In fact, this might be our most memorable Connect ever. Today at Connect Atlanta 2016, we revealed so many new updates and features that I’m floored by the work our R&D teams did in […]


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Learning NSX-Part-7-Distributed Logical Router…

Learning NSX-Part-7-Distributed Logical Router Tidbits -Virtual Reality

Learning NSX-Part-7-Distributed Logical Router…

In last post of this series we discussed about Logical Switching and understood when do we use logical switching. Also we deployed our first logical switch and moved a VM over to the newly created switch. In this post we … Continue reading →


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VMworld and the Future of Networking

“VMworld and the Future of Networking” via VMware CTO Blog

VMworld and the Future of Networking

A recurring theme at VMworld was of NSX as a bridge from solving the problems of today to tackling the emerging and unseen requirements of tomorrow.


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VMware vRealize Network Insight: Visibility

VMware vRealize Network Insight: Visibility

VMware vRealize Network Insight: Visibility

Get 360 degree visibility across overlay and underlay to troubleshoot and optimize network performance.


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[Webcast] Save Time Securely: Technical…

[Webcast] Save Time Securely: Technical Introduction to VMware NSX

[Webcast] Save Time Securely: Technical…

Save your spot in our NSX technical webcast on 10/5 and see how network virtualization allows you to roll out non-disruptive deployment—completely decoupled from network hardware. Sign up now.


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VMware vRealize Network Insight:…

VMware vRealize Network Insight: Micro-segmentation

VMware vRealize Network Insight:…

Plan micro-segmentation deployment and ensure compliance.


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