VCWN-06-000007 - The system must limit the effects of information-flooding types of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.


DoS is a condition when a resource is not available for legitimate users. When this occurs, the organization either cannot accomplish its mission or must operate at degraded capacity. Managing excess capacity ensures that sufficient capacity is available to counter flooding attacks. Employing increased capacity and service redundancy may reduce the susceptibility to some DoS attacks. Managing excess capacity may include, for example, establishing selected usage priorities, quotas, or partitioning.

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From the vSphere Web Client go to Networking >> Select a distributed switch >> Manage >> Settings >> Properties. In the Properties pane click 'Edit' and change Network I/O Control to enabled.


From a PowerCLI command prompt while connected to the vCenter server run the following command:

(Get-VDSwitch 'DVSwitch Name' | Get-View).EnableNetworkResourceManagement($true)

Supportive Information

The following resource is also helpful.

This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: System and Communications Protection.This control applies to the following type of system VMware.