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virtualisation and amd and intel speculative execution security bugs

virtualisation and amd and intel speculative execution security bugs

if you want to use amd and intel microcode updates that mitigate against “branch target injection” (aka meltdown and spectre) defects in their CPUs you may want to patch your host and enable hypervisor-assisted guest mitigation so virtual machine guests also function


  • Hypervisor-Specific Mitigation
  • Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation
  • Operating System-Specific Mitigations

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VMware workstation 12 now available for £191 #sysadmin #webdev

vmware workstation 12 player and vmware workstation 12 pro are now available for £110 & £191

vmware player 4, trisquel 6 and vmware tools

i am running vmware player 4 host with trisquel 6 guest but vmware tools vmxnet will not compile

before i aptitude install installed

  • build-essentials
  • linux-headers
  • linux-headers-generic-pae
  • linux-source

i was getting

Searching for GCC...
Detected GCC binary at "/usr/bin/gcc".
The path "/usr/bin/gcc" appears to be a valid path to the gcc binary.
Would you like to change it? [no]
Searching for a valid kernel header path...
The path "" is not a valid path to the 3.2.0-40-generic-pae kernel headers.
Would you like to change it? [yes]

but now vmware tools vmxnet wont compile

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only'
make -C /lib/modules/3.2.0-40-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40-generic'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.o
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c: In function ‘vmxnet_probe_device’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:1008:7: error: unknown field ‘ndo_set_multicast_list’ specified in initialiser
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:1008:7: warning: initialisation from incompatible pointer type [enabled by default]
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:1008:7: warning: (near initialisation for ‘vmxnet_netdev_ops.ndo_vlan_rx_add_vid’) [enabled by default]
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c: In function ‘vmxnet_map_pkt’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:2085:32: error: incompatible type for argument 2 of ‘pci_map_page’
include/asm-generic/pci-dma-compat.h:43:1: note: expected ‘struct page *’ but argument is of type ‘struct ’
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:2104:26: error: incompatible type for argument 2 of ‘pci_map_page’
include/asm-generic/pci-dma-compat.h:43:1: note: expected ‘struct page *’ but argument is of type ‘struct ’
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c: In function ‘vmxnet_rx_frags’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.c:2599:48: error: incompatible types when assigning to type ‘struct ’ from type ‘struct page *’
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only/vmxnet.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40-generic'
make: *** [vmxnet.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmxnet-only'

vmware and ge have spun off pivotal

vmware have spun off pivotal


toshiba satellite L20 celeron

the best thing you can do with a toshiba satellite L20 celeron is to throw it away

my L20 has always been incredibly slow even after changing disk and memory and because it has an old celeron it cant run vmware player 4

vmware player 3 only supports the linux 2.6 kernel and i couldnt get opensuse 10 or xubuntu 10 to install on my L20

howto create a chromium os vm

You can either try the official way that uses ubuntu and kvm

or try creating a bootable USB drive with chromium os x86-generic

and then trying to boot the USB drive from vmware player using plop

VMware W2K3 Guest Network Cards

When creating a VMware Windoz 2003 Server guest its probably a good idea to switch all its virtual network cards from VMXNET to E1000 as soon as possible and certainly before installing any Service Packs !


ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet1.virtualDev = "e1000"

ed/l/x/ubuntu 10.4 lts

first the good news ! ed/l/x/ubuntu 10.4 will be a long term support (lts) release and with the help of vmware player 3.0.1 (P4 or higher reqd) you can create a virtual machine to help test the 10.4 beta today using vmwares zero auto install feature which also auto installs vmware tools & vmware toolbox !


the bad news is a mass of controversy over moving the min, max, restore and close buttons to the top left hand corner of the windows !

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