One of the conveniences of administering VMware solutions is being able to use code to create scripts to perform repetitive tasks or automate processes
One of the vSphere Web Client features that can help those new to the PowerCli is the Capture Code, it basically allows you to list and save the Powercli commands of the actions you are doing with the vSphere Web Client.
To activate it just access the vSphere Web Client, from the Menu select Developer Center
Select Code Capture and enable it by placing the “Enable Code Capture” flag on the right (which turns green)
At this point, a space will appear in our frame where the commands will be listed with some operations, such as Clear and start another, Copy and Download
Where the Download option generates you the ps1 file with the Powercli commands of the recorded operations
To start and stop a recording session you can use the buttons:
Or the red button that appears at the top of the WebClient once “Enable Code Capture” is enabled
VMware a few days ago released a new Horizon Version. The new build 2106 (8.3) brings with it some very interesting features from some relating to the security of intellectual property to those related to the Teams collaboration tool, here is a list of those that I consider the most interesting:
Implementation of GPO for blocking the ability to take screenshots of VDI sessions from Windows and MAC Clients
Possibility in the instant clone to use the Microsoft Sysprep (this function slows down the deployment of an IC by performing a series of reboots)
Functionality for applications of run indefinitely
Possibility to use TrueSSO SAML authentication for non-Trust domains
Horizon Agent has support for Windows Server 2022 (Currently in Preview)
The Horizon Client for Linux has the optimization for Teams (as in some versions the functionality for the Windows client was present)
Cloud Burst support to extend your on-prem workload to the Cloud in case of a high load.
In the past, I’ve talked about how to customize the Horizon Web Client login page. Normally when you log in you are asked whether to continue with the Web Client or download the Windows client, if required we can omit this page.
To do this you need to change the following value:
setting it as false
this parameter is found in the file portal-links-html-access.properties in the connection server folder C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal, if you have a connection server cluster you have to do the switch on all servers
In the last months of 2020 VMware publish the new version of Horizon (2012 version aka 8.1), now in March 2021 the all Horizon 7 version will go out of support, except the 7.13. Now we have another good reason to upgrade beyond the Flash game over.
Non sono certo io a dover spiegare che parlare di security è ormai entrato nel day by day dei consulenti dei manager IT. Anche VMware da alcuni anni sta rilasciando guide di come rafforzare l’hardening degli ambienti vSphere. Ormai è da diffidare di chi considera l’installazione di ESXi e vCenter come dei semplici avanti avanti avanti ….
Riporto qui sotto il link alla guida di VMware per l’hardening degli ambienti vSphere 7 comprensivo anche dei dettagli dei parametri da configurare e dei comandi per modificarli.