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Cloud Security Automation by Prashant Priyam

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Securing ESXi

VMware ESXi comes already secured and security hardened, but apart from this, there are a few additional options specified here to further enhance the security:

  • Limit ESXi access: By default, the ESXi Shell and SSH services are not running and only the root user can log in to the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). However, you can enable ESXi or SSH access and can also set timeouts to limit the risk of unauthorized access. Users who can access the ESXi host must have permission to manage the host.
  • Use named users and least privileges: Most of the tasks can be performed by the root user by default. Instead of allowing administrators to log in to the ESXi host using the root user account, you can apply different host privileges ...

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