VMware vShield Release Notes

vShield Endpoint Thin Agent | 28 APR 2011 | Build 402356

For organizations that want to leverage the benefits of cloud computing without sacrificing security, control or compliance, the VMware vShield family of security solutions provides comprehensive protection for virtual datacenters and cloud environments. vShield enables customers to strengthen application and data security, improve visibility and control, and accelerate IT compliance efforts across the organization.

vShield includes virtual appliances and services essential for protecting virtual machines. vShield can be configured through a web based user interface, a vSphere Client plug-in, a command line interface (CLI), and REST API.

These release notes contain the following sections:

What's New in This Release

These release notes support an update to the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent (MSI) drivers. These drivers can be downloaded and installed over the vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 or vShield 1.0.0 Update 1 drivers. You do not need to re-install vShield 4.1.0, vShield 4.1.0 Update 1, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0, or vShield 1.0.0 Update 1.

Note: This is a bug-fix only release. Customers intereseted in the resloved issues should install this update.

Installation Notes for This Release

Before you install this release:

  • Read the vShield Quick Start Guide for guidance on installing vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers.
  • Read the vShield Administration Guide for workflows describing vShield system management, such as setting up firewall protection, analyzing traffic sessions, configuring edge services, and event and status monitoring.
  • Read the vShield API Programming Guide for instructions on managing your vShield deployment via REST API.

Make sure that your guest virtual machine has a supported SCSI controller installed. When you create a new virtual machine, the default configuration does not include a SCSI controller. You must specifically add a SCSI controller to the virtual machine. To add SCSI controllers to a virtual machine, see the vSphere Client help: vSphere Client Help > Managing Virtual Machine Hardware and Devices > Adding Virtual Devices > Add SCSI Controllers. BusLogic SCSI controllers are not supported.

Known Issues

The are no known issues with the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers for this release.

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved in this update of the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers.
  • The vShield 4.1.0 Update 1 Quick Start Guide did not include the full list of supported guest operating systems for the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers.
  • If the endpoint drivers were installed on a FAT/FAT32 partition, the system would crash resulting in a BSOD with error code 0x7b (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE) when booting up. The reason was that the drivers' names were not in a 8.3 format and FAT/FAT32 does not handle long file names during boot.
  • Running a virtual machine that has the vSep drivers installed, but is not connected to the vSep ESX Module, degraded performance considerably.
  • vShield Endpoint file system filter driver handling of opportunistic locks (oplocks) could cause the driver to block an open-file request. Specifically for file servers, this might cause Windows SMB server (srv.sys) to be blocked indefinitely and disable access to Windows shares exposed by the file server.

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