NSX/vCNS/vCD – “Unplanned Reset” Operational Risk

This post is about mitigating the “unplanned reset” operational risk of the “Control-Alt-Delete” button in the vSphere Web Client/C# Client console for all Linux VMs, including NSX Manager, NSX Controller, vCNS Manager and vCD.

All Linux Administrators will be aware that pressing Control-Alt-Delete on the Console will reset the Linux OS immediately unless disabled in the Linux Operating system.  However, Windows Administrators are not aware of this, because they press the same key sequence to access the login screen.  Unfortunately, this behaviour is also true for some “hardened” virtual appliances such as NSX and vCNS.

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KB 2050288: vCenter Log Export – NMI reset of Responsive Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 VM

Here is an Operational Risk that should be mitigated with an update of your Operational Procedures and Administrator training/awareness.  This exact issue impacted my organisation recently. Continue reading KB 2050288: vCenter Log Export – NMI reset of Responsive Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 VM