VMware, like any other virtual machine, is a delicate tool and care should be taken when using it to avoid damaging it, corrupting or losing data. VMware is also prone to viruses and hacking, though many people are not aware of this. Avoid the top 10 VMware mistakes by following this guideline.
Use anti-virus software– Ensure that anti-virus software is installed on your VMware. This is because virtual machines are also prone to viruses and malware. It is important therefore that you stay safe to avoid potential attacks.
Set strong and secure passwords– The nature of password that you use on your VMware will determine how your system and data is secure. It is important that you use a strong password, that cannot be easily guessed. Keep the password to yourself to avoid access by unauthorized people.
Frequently update your operating system– Most people forget this, but it is very essential that you keep both your VMware and your host up to date. This is because, any of the systems can be compromised, leading to the failure of the whole system. It is advisable that you employ security features to ensure that your system is updated automatically.
Keep the firewall off– The host should be given limited access to avoid interference that may compromise the system. As such, the firewall should be kept off.
Snapshots of your VMware– When you have to take a snapshot of your VMware, it is important that you make sure you have saved the image just before branching off. Most people fail to save the image and this in return means that the security patches are not up to date.
Ensure that you put the same security measures on both the host and your VMware– Most people do a mistake by either over-stressing on the security of the host or the virtual machine. What they don’t know is that a compromise on any of the two systems means a compromise on the whole system. It is therefore important that you put up strong and equal measures.
Use window defender on your VMware– Security of your virtual machine is not something that you would want to play with. Although you can still use the antiviruses, it is also very important that you use the window defender on your VMware to minimize the chances of attacks.
Backup your data on the host if your VMware is off– It is important that you make sure that all the data and files in your virtual machine are backed up on the host machine. This is done to avoid any inconsistency or loss of data.
Don’t leave it to your VMware to do the backup– This is a mistake that most people do. What you should note is that your VMware is a machine, and as such, you should take it upon yourself to do all the backups manually. This will ensure that all your files are safe and still your VMware will be preserved.
Use CrashPlan to run backups regularly– It is important that you have a CrashPlan installed on your VMware to regularly backup data on the virtual machine. However, it is important that you note that CrashPlan does not ensure the preservation of your VMware, but preserves your data.