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In your vmware expert opinions, the vpshere compliance checker seems to run about 30 checks per host. If you run the tool yourself:

a) in your opinion, are some of the issues more improtant than others? I know each company will have its own risk methodology, but as a general rule....

b) if you are willing, could you provide perhaps a top 10 list of which of the issues are higher risk, in your opinion, that would be very interesting to hear!

http://blogs.vmware.com/.a/6a00d8341c328153ef01538e505604970b-pi
http://www.wardvissers.nl/wp-upload/383d4168b518_146FE/image_3.png

It would help to group the non compliant issues into:
1) High risk - priority fixes
2) Medium risk - fix desirable - consider for future
3) Low risk - little benefit in fixing
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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a). we regard ALL the checks that vSphere Complaince Checker performs as the Baseline Benchmark, and ALL our important.

b) For us and our clients the following are High Risk

1. HCN02
2. HCN04
3. HCM03
4. CON01
5. VMX10
6. VMX02
7. NCN11
8. NCN10
9. HST01
10. VMX11
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It will be also interestng to see if the ticks go against your top 10's, as theres surely a reason some will have been set whilst others not set.
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In our opinion and our clients, those 10 are high risk, and very easy to fix.
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Thanks for this. Do you strive for a fully compliant (all greens) vsphere report against your hosts/? Or do you still get a few red crosses?
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To be compliant, ALL green.

Occassionally, a host may fail compliance, usually because of a support issue raised with VMware, which needs Tech Support Mode enabled for remote access.

But we do hope to maintain 100% compliance if possible.
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One issue that did confuse me with that tool, for example you quote HCN04, our reports dont show HCN04. The numbering format doesnt seem to follow, i.e. it reports on HCN02, 05 and 06. But why not HCN01, HCN03, HCN04. Its almost like its missed off some checks for whatevber reason. Does it only run some checks against some versions of ESXi or something?
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yes, ESX and ESXi, have different checks
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So the report will just ignore ESX checks if its checking ESXi. So say check ABC1 was geared for ESX, if the scanners sees its scanning an ESXI host, it just ignores that check and leaves it out the report?
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correct
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Appreciate your help as ever! Cheers
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