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Monitor your VMware ESX and ESXi


Server Configurations with CimTrak
POSTED BY MOHAMMED RAFFIC ON JUNE 2, 2015 IN CIMTRAK, ESXI MONITORING, PRODUCT
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Most of the
administrator might be
worried about the
miscon guration or
modi cations to the
con guration les of
your servers. Which
really a ect the
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operational e ciency.
We may need to monitor
the con guration

changes performed on our Servers or hyperviosrs. and also your


organization or enterprise needs to ensure the integrity compliance
of your IT infrastructure to keep track of each con guration changes
performed on your ESXi. Right choice will be Cimtrak. CimTrak is a
leader in helping organizations and government agencies worldwide
maintain the security, integrity, compliance and availability of their
critical IT assets. CimTrak is the product of the company called
CIMCOR. CIMCOR is named in #82 position in top 500 hot cyber
security company to watch in 2015. You can Download the 30 Days
Trail copy of CImtrak of choice to test it in your environment to
understand the power of CimTrak Integrity Suite.
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How CimTrak Works?


CimTrak works by detecting additions, deletions,modi cations and
reads of les and con gurations.Upon initial con guration, CimTrak
takes a snapshotof the les and con gurations that you need to
monitor. It creates a cryptographic hash of the les and
con gurations and stores them securely in the CimTrak Master
Repository. This establishes a known,good baseline. From there,
CimTrak receives data from the various CimTrak agents and
modules. When the data received does not match the cryptographic
hash of a particular le or con guration, a change has occurred and
CimTrak takes action. Depending on how CimTrak is con gured,
alerts via SMTP and syslog are sent out and instant or manual
change remediation can take place if desired.

Important components of CimTrak:


CimTrak Master Repository: Securely stores les and
con gurations and performs comparisons to detect changes.
CimTrak Agents/Modules: Available for a variety of
components and applications within the IT environment and
sends les or con gurations back to the CimTrak master
repository for comparison.
CimTrak Management Console: Centralized platform to
manage and con gure the CimTrak solution
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CimTrak Integrity Suite:


There are various avors of Integrity Suite available and each one will
have di erent use cases like monitoring Databases, ESXi, Servers or
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Workstations. Each Suite will have a di erent use cases and di erent
les and entities needs to be monitored.
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CimTrak is taking your VMware ESXi Monitoring to


Next Level:
Most of IT infrastructure is now running in a Virtualized platform like
VMware ESXi. All business critical and secure servers are running on
top of the hyperviosrs. An unexpected or malicious changes can
quickly cripple an organizations IT infrastructure. The CimTrak ESXi
Con guration Monitor oversees critical core VMware ESX/ESXi
con gurations such as user/host access permissions, active directory
realms,network settings, integrated 3rd party tools, and advanced
user con gurations. The CimTrak ESXi Con guration Monitor gives
you the ability to proactively protect critical ESXi applications and
ensure the security and continuity of your operations.

Active monitoring of VMware ESX hypervisor con gurations is an


important aspect in the process of IT security as well as overall bestpractices in an administrative environment. Many VMware ESX
con guration monitoring products monitor the VMware hypervisor
using VMwares application programming interface. Unfortunately
tools utilizing this method are limited to capturing only information
exposed by the VMware hypervisor.
CimTrak takes VMware ESX/ESXi monitoring to the next step by
monitoring the con gurations of the VMware Hypervisor directly at
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the source. CimTrak interfaces directly with VMware to securely


capture actual con guration data les from the Hypervisor host.
Capturing the actual con guration data les allows complete analysis
of the VMware Hypervisor and the host operating system running
the Hypervisor. Additionally, CimTraks method of detection provides
administrators the capability to manually roll-back con gurations
using the authoritative copy of con gurations stored within
CimTraks Master Repository. Download your 30 Days trail software
of Cimtrak integrity suite of your Choice.
I have personally implemented CimTrak for ESXi in one of my
previous organizations. It gives granular monitoring and alerts when
the con guration les of ESXi servers were modi ed. By that way we
have su cient data to present it during Security audit and also it
helps us to keep track of unauthorized changes made to the ESXi
host without the knowledge to Change Management Process. I hope
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