So I said I successfully installed vCenter 5.1 and I totally did… sort of. When I installed Windows updates on my vCenter machine I rebooted it and ran into some crazy problem where vCenter was rejecting my domain user saying it had an incorrect username and password even though it was completely correct… Matter of fact I was logged into the vCenter machine with the domain account.
Turns out there’s some crazy bug that randomly deletes your AD DS server from the list of authenticated domains without telling you. The fix is outlined here.
Finally after multiple attempts using Windows Server 2012, I tried installing vCenter 5.1 on Server 2008 R2 and it worked like a charm. There appears to be a bug with Server 2012 and vCenter 5.1 where the install just fails during profile driven storage installation. There is a fix listed here but it didn’t work for me. I am planning on filing a bug report with VMware.
This will be the book I will be basing a good deal of my research off of. There are many papers that I will be using as well to conduct my research. Some are listed below:
Virtualization Security by Dave Shackleford
Vulnerabilities in Virtualization Software: http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000093.html
Fingerprinting Virtualized Systems: http://www.chrisbrenton.org/2009/09/passively-fingerprinting-vmware-virtual-systems/
This blog will serve as a medium for me to present my research on Virtualization Security for my Senior Project that will be presented in August before graduation. Stay tuned for updates.