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VMware vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guide


Latest Revision:
Jun 17, 2010



This document provides guidance on how to securely deploy VMware® vSphere™ 4.0 in a production environment. It has the following highlights.

- Structure: this version uses a standardized format, with formally defined sections, templates, and reference codes. The goal is to increase clarity and reduce ambiguity, make it easier to reference individual guidelines, and most of all, enhance the ability to automate guideline enforcement.
- Recommendation levels: in following with the formats used by NIST, CIS, and others, this guide categorizes all guidelines into three security levels. Instead of recommending a single set of guidelines for all environments, this guide encourages more of a risk-based approach, so that individual administrators can decide which guidelines apply to their environment.

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