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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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