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How Meltdown and Spectre Impact VMware ESXi Guests

So the cat’s out of the bag and OS vendors have begun issuing patches to plug the latest in Security Vulnerabilities and Exposures made known to the public. What is Meltdown and Spectre: Meltdown and Spectre are exploits, operating against computer architecture that’s been designed into Intel chips. They are capable of accessing the protected areas of […]

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PPTP VPN Connection issues on ESXi 5.5

Issue:  I am unable to connect to a VPN server hosted as a guest on VMware ESXi 5.5. After much troubleshooting it seems that the issue with my PPTP connections is that GRE isn’t making it to my server. In my logs I found the following: vyatta pptpd[2777]: CTRL: PTY read or GRE write failed […]

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Do not upgrade virtual hardware of ESXi 5.5 guest

I updated my ESXi 5.1 server to the latest ESXi 5.5 release. The process with smooth as it has always been in the past. After updating the tools for my guests I thought it was only practical to update the hardware level of my machines… I thought wrong. The moment I upgraded the ability to […]