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VMware: Upgrading to ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices (1009039)

August 5th, 2009 No comments

This article provides steps which may be useful when upgrading to ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0.

Note: This article assumes that you have read the vSphere Upgrade Guide. This upgrade guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the guide and this article, assume that the guide is correct.

Note: Read the VMware vSphere 4.0 Release Notes for known installation issues.

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VMware: vCenter Update Manager Performance and Best Practices White Paper Posted

May 26th, 2009 No comments

VMware vCenter Update Manager is a component of VMware Infrastructure that automates patches and upgrades of ESX hosts, virtual machine Tools and hardware, Windows and Linux virtual machines, and virtual appliance. A new white paper, VMware vCenter Update Manager Performance and Best Practices, is now available.

In this paper we discuss VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.0 host deployment, latency, resource consumption, guest OS tuning, high-latency networks, and the impact of on-access virus scanning. We also provide performance tips to help customers tune the system for better performance.

 

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VMware: Installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices (1009080)

May 26th, 2009 No comments

This article provides additional steps which may be useful when installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0.

Notes: This article assumes that you have read the ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide. This guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the guide and this article, assume that the guide is correct.

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The following are best practice procedures when installing vCenter 4.0 and ESX Server 4.0:

Note: See the VMware vSphere 4.0 Release Notes for known installation issues.

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VMware: Data Security Best Practices – SSL keys for communicating with VirtualCenter and other applications (1008166)

March 16th, 2009 1 comment

SSL keys are used in the communication between ESX Server, VMware Server, and VMware ACE on one side and management applications like VirtualCenter on the other side. VMware recommends that you follow industry best practices regarding data security and establish protocols for periodically replacing or regenerating your SSL keys in order to improve the data security of your systems.

This article contains the following topics:

  • Regenerating or Replacing SSL Certificates
  • Best Practices for Sending Support Data to VMware
  • vm-support Script Update

Regenerating or Replacing SSL Certificates

The SSL keys on ESX Server, VMware Server and VMware ACE are generated during the installation of these products. These keys are used to set up communication using the SSL protocol.

Following industry best practices, VMware recommends that you regenerate the SSL keys on ESX Server, VMware Server, and VMware ACE according to your company’s security policy. In the case of custom certificates, replace these certificates according to your company’s security policy.

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