VCENTER-000007 - The managed object browser must be disabled, at all times, when not required for the purpose of troubleshooting or maintenance of managed objects.


The managed object browser provides a way to explore the object model used by the vCenter to manage the vSphere environment; it enables configurations to be changed as well. This interface is used primarily for debugging, and might potentially be used to perform malicious configuration changes or actions.

NOTE: Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


If the datastore browser is enabled and required for object maintenance, no fix is immediately required.

Disable the managed object browser:
Determine the location of the vpxd.cfg file on the Windows host.
Edit the file and locate the ... element.
Ensure the following element is set. false

Restart the vCenter Service to ensure the configuration file change(s) are in effect.

Supportive Information

The following resource is also helpful.

This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Configuration Management.This control applies to the following type of system VMware.