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Keeping your vSphere web client secure

Find out how to optimise security for your vSphere web client

Last updated 02nd March 2018

Objective

To ensure optimal security for your system, we recommend limiting access to it. We offer a number of different methods for this.

Find out how to secure access to your vSphere web client quickly and easily, using our tips below.

Requirements

Instructions

Restrict access by IP address

This first method involves restricting access based on the user's IP address. For this purpose, we recommend continuing to work with a registration system that uses whitelisting. This technique refuses access by default for all IP addresses. You can then manually add the IPs that require access to your infrastructure.

You can do this directly in your OVH Control Panel. Go to the Private Cloud section, then Security. In this section, you will see a table listing all authorised or denied IP addresses. To add new ones, click Add IPs on the right-hand side:

Add IP

Create specific users

We highly recommend creating personal accounts for each user that requires access to your infrastructure. You can also do this in your OVH Control Panel, in the Users tab. To add new users, click the Create User button on the right-hand side.

Users

When you create a new user, you are required to set a password.

To ensure that your data is secure, your password must meet the criteria listed below:

  • It must contain at least eight characters.
  • It must contain at least three character types.
  • It must not contain a dictionary word.
  • It must not contain any personal information (e.g. your first name, surname or date of birth).
  • It must not be used as a password by any other user accounts.
  • It must be stored in a password manager.
  • It must be changed every three months.
  • It must not be identical to any previously used passwords.

You can then manage each user’s rights by clicking on the cogwheel icons at the far right of each user row:

Edit user rights

Limit session times

When users finish a session, we recommend closing the session accordingly. To limit connection time, you can set a session expiry duration.

To do this, go to your OVH Control Panel. Go to the Private Cloud section, then Security. Next, click the Change expiry duration button, situated on the right-hand side of the screen. In the following window, you can choose the time (in minutes) before a session expires.

Session expiry

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