Automating vSphere SSL Cert Management – vCert Manager Beta Demo
Want to be able to change the SSL Certificates on your vCenter Servers and vSphere Hosts to properly signed CA certificates at the click of a button? Want to be able to automatically apply certificates to Auto Deployed Hosts? Need a solution that covers vSphere 4.0 through to 5.1? Can detect and alert you to expiring or revoked certificates and change them for you? Something that provides complete SSL Certificate lifecycle management for your vSphere environment with all the reporting, alerting and audit logs you’d expect? Then vCert Manager might be the tool for you and I’ve got a demo of the beta version to wet your appetite.
I wrote an article regarding a few months ago titled vCert Manager – Changing VMware SSL Certs Made Easy, which included a demo of a very early prototype that I presented at VMworld USA in August 2012. The prototype showed how in concept vCert Manager could automatically replace SSL Certificates in vSphere environments with integration back to a windows CA. A few months on now and VSS Labs, who is the company developing the solution, has released a demo of the beta version. The beta is now being tested by select customers who have signed up to the early adopter program. Check out this demo to see how the product has progressed and get an idea of it’s capabilities.
I think you’ll agree that the vCert Manager Beta has come a long way since the very early prototype I presented at VMworld and wrote about previously. The work is not over though. There is still a little way to go to get everything feature complete and enterprise ready and before it is ready to be generally available. The work is progressing well. The demo below is only 16 minutes long, so won’t take up much of your time.
I know how much pain changing SSL certificates is and the goal of vCert Manager is to take this pain away and provide a solution that makes it affordable for all vSphere environments to become more secure. I’d greatly appreciate your feedback on the vCert Manager beta demo. Your suggestions and feedback will help VSS Labs make vCert Manager a great product.
This post first appeared on the Long White Virtual Clouds blog at longwhiteclouds.com, by Michael Webster +. Copyright © 2013 – IT Solutions 2000 Ltd and Michael Webster +. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced for commercial purposes without written permission.
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