Free Training credits when you buy vCenter Operations ($2500 value)

25 Free Training Credits with vCenter Operations


May 1, 2012 – September 15, 2012

Help your customers proactively ensure service levels, enforce configuration compliance and optimize efficiency. Your customers receive 25 education credits ($2500 value) with their purchase of vCenter Operations Management Enterprise Edition licenses. Limit one per customer. At this time this promotion is available in the US only.


Terms and conditions

  • Promotion is valid for eligible purchases made from May 1, 2012 through September 15, 2012 at 11:59PM Pacific Time (PT).
  • The promotion requires a minimum net new purchase of 50 VMs of VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Enterprise Licenses.
  • The Promotion is limited to one eligible purchase per customer.
  • Customers must redeem their Education Credits within 12 months of an eligible purchase under this promotion, or else such credits will expire.
  • This Promotion can only be redeemed with specific Promotion SKUs created for this offering.
  • Purchase of VMware Support and Subscription (SnS) are required at the time of purchase. No discounts are offered for SnS, and the renewal of Support and Subscription on this promotion does not include renewal of education credits.
  • Promotion is not eligible for VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) or VMware Transactional Purchasing Program (TPP) discounts, but purchases are eligible for VPP or TPP points.
  • Prices of Promotional SKUs may vary by regions and resellers.
  • Purchase of VMware Support and Subscription (SnS) are required at the time of purchase.
  • This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
  • VMware reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.
  • See for more information.

Free PCI 2.0 Compliance checker! vSphere 4.1 checker as well

Download VMware Compliance Checker

The Compliance Checker for PCI is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant.  VMware Compliance Checker is a robust utility providing detailed compliance checks against the VMware vSphere Hardening Guidelines. Unlike other free tools in the market, Compliance Checker for vSphere is a fully functional product.


VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Free Compliance Checkers – Installation & Configuration

Free Compliance Checkers are based on VMware vCenter Configuration Manager and can be used to manage configuration compliance requirements in your environment . Each free checker includes compliance assessment for a single standard and can only assess a small number of hosts or VMs (depending on checker) at the same time. To use any of the available checkers simply download the selected checker to a Windows desktop.

The intuitive web-based interface requires little or no learning curve. Administrators simply point the checker at a target environment (hosts or specific VMs depending on the checker downloaded) and execute a compliance assessment request. The resultant compliance report provides a detailed rule by rule indication of pass or failure. Where compliance problems are found users are directed to a detailed knowledge base for an explanation of the rule violated and advice on remediation.

The following free compliance checkers are available for download:

  • vSphere 4.1 VMware Hardening Guidelines Checker
  • vSphere 4.0 VMware Hardening Guidelines Checker
  • PCI 2.0 Compliance Guidelines Checker

vCM 5.5 released – vCloud enabled

We are pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) 5.5, a key component of VMware vCenter Operations Suite.

The primary theme for the 5.5 release is “Cloud Ready”.  New capabilities within this release significantly increase the ability of the VI team to ensure that their VMware Infrastructure (vCenter, ESXi, vCloud Director and vShield) is properly configured to meet the rigorous demands associated with virtualizing business critical workloads – including addressing requirements associated with VMware’s own hardening guidelines.

Few highlights of this release are:

  • Deep configuration visibility, change tracking, and compliance management for VI admins across the Cloud Infrastructure Suite
  • Simplified set up process for vSphere and vCloud management
  • Comprehensive set of REST based APIs for virtual and physical Guest OS Management
  • VCO workflows to automate patching and compliance of vCenter templates and offline VMs
  • Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) 1.0 support – important for federal and other markets
  • Full support for 3-tier deployment architecture

links for 5.5:

Product page –

Docs –

vCenter 5.0 Operations Management Suite is now live on!

vCenter 5.0 Operations Management Suite is now live on!

GA Date: 01/24/2012



New vCM content now available

VMware CP&C announces major content release for VCM!

The VMware Center for Policy and Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce our latest content update for FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, and SOX in vCenter Configuration Manager ™ (VCM). 

Based off DISA’s last major release, we have now updated critical compliance requirements across several verticals.

How does this help you address your compliance needs?

Healthcare sector is a main area of focus for CP&C and VMware. With our updated templates, Healthcare Organizations can now leverage this content to prepare for upcoming audits in 2k12. With these templates and VCM’s automated patching solution, Healthcare organizations that use Hitrust as a source of guidance will also be able to apply these new rules, dashboards and content for audit requirements. CP&C also updated SOX, FISMA and GLBA templates as well helping folks out in D.O.D, Federal Government and Finance sectors with Continuous Compliance. VMware CP&C is also pleased to announce that we now cover the full spectrum of auditing settings for Vista, W7, and 2k8, and 2k8 R2.

What’s new in this package? DISA Platform support for:

  • Windows 2003 version 6.1.22
  • Windows 2008 v6.1.15
  • Windows 2008 R2 V1 Rel 1
  • Windows 7 Ver1.5
  • Windows Vista 6.1.22
  • Windows XP 6.1.22

Check out the HIPAA Dashboard below covering virtual, physical, Unix, Linux and Windows results! You can quickly determine where your non compliant settings are and easily remediate them.


Right Click Fix, or set an exception!


Last but not least ,Audit settings!


How do you get it the new content?
Customers wishing to harden their DISA, SOX, HIPAA, FISMA and GLBA environment can download the new content via the VCM Content Wizard.