Identifying Zombie, Chatty and Orphan VMs using Splunk App for VMware

Virtualization is difficult to manage given the complex moving parts from storage to networking to hardware. When you have a dynamic VMware environment with Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and High Availability (HA) enabled, Virtual Machine’s (VM) in the environment can transition through multiple hosts and clusters and can potentially become unregistered VM’s. This can lead a VMWare Administrator to loose visibility for these VMs. In addition each VM in a datacenter could cost from a couple hundred dollars into the thousands ( based on your environment and infrastructure costs.

In this blog post I will cover three types of VM’s that can exist in your VMware Infrastructure and requires additional attention. The definition of these VM’s vary, but I’m sure …

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The 2014 CyberPatriot National Finals

This blog post was jointly written by Tolga Tohumcu and Bert Hayes… Tolga mentored the student teams before the completion, Bert was on-site at the competition to help out in person, and Enoch Long was working behind the scenes to build relationships with folks running the competition.


The 2014 CyberPatriot National Finals took place recently at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland with all of the spectator appeal of a competitive archeological dig.  Two shifts of high school aged students made up a total of twenty eight different “Blue Teams” and tested their mettle by defending their networks from a pack of active, aggressive, and skilled attackers (the Red Team). The CyberPatriot program …

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