Metltdown Spectre Firmware updates Dell and HP

BIOS updates for Meltdown / Spectre

Acer

HP Workstations

https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05869091

HP Servers

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-a00039267en_us

Dell

NVIDIA

Lenovo

Microsoft

More here

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/list-of-links-bios-updates-for-the-meltdown-and-spectre-patches/

OS Updates

 MS  operating systems

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-check-and-update-windows-systems-for-the-meltdown-and-spectre-cpu-flaws/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/01/09/understanding-the-performance-impact-of-spectre-and-meltdown-mitigations-on-windows-systems/

 

VMWare advisory

https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0002.html

SCCM Compliance Settings

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgr_geek_speak/2018/01/09/configmgr-speculation-control-ba…

Performance Hit

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/heres-how-and-why-the-spectre-and-meltdown-patches-will-hurt-performance/

Also further reading

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configurationmgr/2018/01/08/additional-guidance-to-mitigate-spec…

 

Powershell – Check That SCCM User Environment Is Setup

SCCM is a bit fiddly it has its “own” powershell console that is a tad inconvenient. Also a lot of assumptions are made that the user is all good to go with SCCM cmdlets and that is usually far from the truth.

The following script is does few prerequisite checks to ensure it is all good to go for the novice SCCM Powershell user. The script is self documenting as to what checks I am doing. These check have been learnt the hard way. 🙂 

For the novice:
All SCCM Cmdlets have to run from the $SCCMSiteCodePath Location
Assumption is that the Security group ($SecurityGroupthatHasSSCMRights in the code) does have the correct rights to run the powershell functions against SCCM

 

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