Hyper-V Security Guide Out
Virtualization security is in somewhat the same boat as
virtual desktop infrastructure: lots of discussion, but less actual
implementation. It's my belief (unverified and mostly anecdotal) that admins
think their standard security measures will protect their virtual environments.
Or maybe they do, in the dark recesses of their minds, know that they need to
beef up their virtual security, but lack the time or guidance necessary.
I can't help with the time part, but in terms of guidance,
Microsoft is doing its part with the recent release of a Hyper-V
. Note that you need a LiveID and have to join the beta
program. The Windows virtualization team blog reports
that three main areas are stressed:
- Hardening the Hyper-V server role. Of course, one
reason for a server core implementation is increased security, but it's good to
go into more detail on installation and configuration
- VM management and delegation. Unless you're
a one-stop shop, you'll need to know the safest ways to delegate management
functions to others, especially in the areas of administrative
- Protecting the VMs themselves. That includes auditing information, encryption and file
If you are testing Hyper-V or using it in production,
I'd call this a must-do. And soon.
Posted by Keith Ward on 02/11/2009 at 12:48 PM