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can anyone provide some examples of the kind of issue/risk if an unauthorised user gained access to vcenter with an account with the admin role permissions. I am trying to gauge the potential risk if this ever happened.
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1. Stop Virtual Machines
2. Delete Virtual Machines
3. Remove ESXi Hosts from vCenter Server.
4. Shutdown ESXi Hosts
5. Reboot ESXi Hosts
6. Potentially Access Console or Hosts
7. Potentially obtain files from VMs
8. Many Risks.....
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Any risks from a data security standpoint, i.e. a virtual file server with sensitive payroll xls - can they access that from there?
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Yes, an Admin could do the following:-

1. Power off VM.
2. Copy the Virtual Machine Disk to local laptop.
3. Mount the virtual machine disk (VMDK) as a drive letter, overcoming ANY OS Active Directory or Unix Login.
4. Inspect the data.

Easy!

if you wanted to do this secretly, without turning off the VM.

1. Clone the VM, whilst the VM was on.
2. Copy the Virtual Machine CLONE Disk to local laptop.
3. Delete the CLONE VM.
4. 3. Mount the virtual machine disk (VMDK) as a drive letter, overcoming ANY OS Active Directory or Unix Login.
4. Inspect the data.

Easy!

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