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Dell VxRail: Security Technical Implementation Guide on VxRail

Summary: Dell VxRail Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) on VxRail.

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VxRail STIG Hardening Package version 2.0.001 is available as of August 12, 2022, for download. VxRail STIG Hardening is supported on VxRail Appliances running VxRail 4.7.300 and later or 7.0.131 and later. The VxRail STIG Hardening Package contains scripts and manual procedures which enable VxRail customers to harden their VxRail in compliance with relevant Department of Defense (DoD) Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG) requirements.

STIG hardening version 2.0.001 resolves the VMware issue that is described in VMware article 88055 This hyperlink is taking you to a website outside of Dell Technologies., which blocked STIG hardening of VxRail 7.0.370 and later. Also, if STIG hardening version 2.0.000 or earlier was applied to a VxRail cluster version 7.0.360 or earlier, STIG hardening version 2.0.001 must be applied before upgrading to VxRail 7.0.370 and later.

For information about the features in the latest release, see the "What’s New" section of the VxRail STIG Hardening Guide.

VxRail Support:  

  • The VxRail STIG Hardening Package is not supported on 8.0.000.
  • The VxRail STIG Hardening Package supports standard VxRail cluster deployments only. Other cluster or deployment types, such as stretched cluster, have not been validated.
  • VxRail STIG hardening for resource management software frequently operated alongside VxRail, such as VCF, NSX-T, and SDDC Manager are not yet supported.

Two options exist for users to implement the STIG Hardening Package:

  • Self-installation of the STIG Hardening Package (see CAUTION below)
    • The VxRail STIG Hardening Package and documentation are available for download from the following links:
    • The downloadable STIG Hardening Package is for self-installation only. The Support Services team is not authorized to provide instructional information about STIG Hardening. After reviewing the STIG Hardening Package documentation, if you are uncertain about the execution methods, we recommend contacting your Dell Technologies sales team representative for a custom deployment services quote.
  • Dell Deployment Services installation of the STIG Hardening Package (see CAUTION below)
    • If you prefer the VxRail STIG Hardening Package to be installed as a service, contact your Dell Technologies sales team representative for custom deployment services quote.

The user assumes all risks that are associated with hardening the VxRail environment when choosing to install the VxRail STIG Hardening Package. Dell Technologies assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for system failures or loss of data due to VxRail STIG Hardening Package execution in the user's environment.

Performing the VxRail STIG Hardening procedures incorrectly and without a backout plan, may put the VxRail environment at risk of having to perform a factory reset, which could ultimately result in data loss.

Article Properties

Affected Product

VxRail Appliance Series


VxRail Appliance Family, VxRail Appliance Series, VxRail Software

Last Published Date

06 Jan 2023



Article Type

How To