Protect the host where vCenter Server is running against vulnerabilities and attacks by ensuring that the operating system of the host (Windows or Linux) is as secure as possible.

  • Maintain a supported operating system, database, and hardware for the vCenter Server system. If vCenter Server is not running on a supported operating system, it might not run properly, making vCenter Server vulnerable to attacks.

  • Keep the vCenter Server system properly patched. By staying up-to-date with operating system patches, the server is less vulnerable to attack.

  • Provide operating system protection on the vCenter Server host. Protection includes antivirus and anti-malware software.

  • On each Windows computer in the infrastructure, ensure that Remote Desktop (RDP) Host Configuration settings are set to ensure the highest level of encryption according to industry-standard guidelines or internal guidelines.

For operating system and database compatibility information, see the vSphere Compatibility Matrixes.