Configuring vCenter 6 SSO Identity Sources

vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication broker and act as a security token exchange.  vCenter Single Sign-On performs the following steps to authenticate a user: 1.  A user logs in to vSphere Web Client with a user name and password to access the vCenter Server. 2.  vSphere Web Client sends an authentication request to […]

Configure ESXiShell Timeout for ESXi 6 host

When the ESXi Shell or SSH services are enabled on a host they will run indefinitely. To avoid having these services left running set the ESXiShellTimeOut. The ESXiShellTimeOut defines a window of time after which the ESXi Shell and SSH services will automatically be terminated. If a user forgets to log out of their SSH […]

vSphere 6.0: Certificate Management for ESXi Hosts

In vSphere 6.0 and later, the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) provisions each new ESXi host with a signed certificate that has VMCA as the root certificate authority by default. Provisioning happens when the host is added to vCenter Server explicitly or as part of installation or upgrade to ESXi 6.0 or later. vCenter Server supports […]