Notes on securing Meltdown and Spectre

Now that the dust is slightly starting to settle It became clear to me that there’s an enormous amount of information and confusion out there. I have read a lot of websites in order to get a clear picture and being able to get all of my hosts and Virtual Machines patched. While not completely done yet, here’s my collection of links and some answers on questions that I see asked often. This is a live document and will be updated with notes relevant for patching. Last update 2018/01/29 Continue reading “Notes on securing Meltdown and Spectre”

A little Competition

I’ve received a copy of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference as a review copy, but I have already purchased one.  So I have one to give away.

At the last London VMUG I was speaking to Jonathon Medd one of the authors, and he suggested that I organise a competition for the thing the winner receives my spare copy of the Book.  So I thought that a PowerShell competition would be a nice way of sorting out the winners, but then with my level of programming / scripting skills (think have difficulty to create “Hello World”) I would not be able to tell a good script from a shopping list for Tesco’s (or if American “Walmarts”)


This is when the Jonathon jumped in to the rescue and said he would judge it.  Well I thought WOW.

So here is the rub,  Do you want a free copy of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference, well then write a PoSH script that Mr Medd likes and its yours.

To enter the competition simply upload your script to the following location


You will have until the beginning of VMworld Vegas to upload your scripts and the winner will be announced on the 5th September.

Note,  LucD, Alan Renouf, et all will be disqualified, to allow us mere mortals a chance 😀

VCDX BrownBag #6 – Rapid Provisioning Revision

On the 11th May, we had our VCDX brownbag on Rapid provisioning. now those of you who checked in will know we has some technical issues with the lab, and I had issues with my Microphone, my Skype is playing up, but ,my issues are not pertinent to this discussion so without further ado, lets run thought rapid provisioning 3.5 style.

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London VMUG – 6th May 2010

The date for the next London VMUG has been set for Thursday the 6th May 2010.  This one has been sponsored by RES Software.  We hope to see you at the meeting, and afterwards for a drink or two, courtesy of VMware.

To register your interest in attending, please send an email to you can also add up to two named attendees from your organisation.

Please not that if you do not receive a confirmation mail, don’t just turn up since due to fire regulations they may not be able to admit you to the meeting.  one more thing of note is that if you want to attend Alan’s PowerCLI workshop at 110 do not forget to mention that in your mail.

All content from the meetings that is not covered by an NDA will as always be uploaded to

As usual the meeting is at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444.  and the nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here.

The agenda for this meeting is:

1100 – 1200 (Optional) PowerCLI / Powershell workshop – Alan Renouf. Please bring your own curly brackets
1230 – 1300 Arrive & Refreshments
1300 – 1320 Welcome & News – Alaric Davies
1320 – 1400 Sponsor Presentation – RES Software

Migrating ESX v3.5 to ESX4i on HP Blades – Colin Style, Prudential
Brunel University virtualisation experiences – Peter Polkinghorne, Brunel University

1500 – 1520 Refreshment break

Virtualising Terminal Server workloads – Simon Gallagher
Interactive (and possibly contentious!) Panel Discussion – UG Committee with contributions from the floor

1645 – 1700 Close
1700 – Pub