Deleting an archive from Glacier though the AWS CLI

AWS Glacier is Amazon’s secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup. It’s durability is 99.999999999% and with a price starting at $0.004 per GB per month, it’s suitable to store large amounts of data for a longer period. You will … [Read more...]

One-armed versus inline load balancer with vRA and NSX

VMware NSX supports two types of load balancers, the one-armed load balancer and the inline load balancer. You can add both load balancer types to the design canvas of the converged blueprint designer in vRealize Automation, and include a load balancer in your service design. In this article I will provide you with a … [Read more...]

Join me for vRA and NSX greatness at the NLVMUG Usercon 2018!

It’s time for the biggest and greatest VMUG Usercon in the world: the NLVMUG Usercon! The NLVMUG Usercon 2018 takes place on March 20 at the 1931 conference center (the Brabanthallen) in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. More than 1000 attendees will come together to discuss, listen and talk about the latest … [Read more...]

PQR IT Galaxy 2018: On the right track

Future Workspace. Datacenter Transformation. Cloud. Mark your agenda, it’s time for PQR‘s annual customer event: IT Galaxy 2018. This year, IT Galaxy 2018 will take place on Tuesday April 17 at the Amsterdam ArenA. Today, the brand new event website is launched at This year we will have: … [Read more...]

Spectre and Meltdown – How to check patches are applied correctly?

With all the latest news and updates on the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs, it’s sometimes hard to get the right information on the table. Patches are provided (and removed in some cases) by software- and hardware vendors. Some patches are deployed automatically as part of an automated update mechanism, while … [Read more...]

My AWS Solution Architect Associate exam experience

Last week I sat and passed the AWS Solution Architect Associate exam. In this article I will share my experiences and provide you with some advice in regards to this exam. Currently there are two versions of the AWS SA associate exam available, the ‘classic’ exam and the ‘new’ exam, currently in … [Read more...]

AWS Benelux Summit 2018: May 31st, The Hague

Picture courtesy “Web Summits” and licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. The AWS Benelux Summit 2018 will take place May 31st at the “The World Forum” in The Hague, The Netherlands. Although previous information reported Amsterdam as the location for the event, the official AWS sponsorship … [Read more...]

Configure Log Insight agent with CA signed certificates in vRops 6.6

One of the tasks after adding the vRealize Operations Content Pack to vRealize LogInsight, is configuring the vRealize LogInsight agent (liagent) on your vRops nodes. The liagent is installed by default on the vRops appliance, however you have to do some configuration steps on each vRops node before the agent becomes … [Read more...]

Some thoughts on VM availability and SLAs (and how to retrieve this information from vRealize Operations)

Recently I’ve been working on some vRealize Operations (vRops) dashboards and reports that provide information on the availability of virtual machines. Although this seems to be simple, it can be quite challenging to report uptime and SLAs in a proper way. Of course things always depend on the exact requirements, … [Read more...]

vRealize Operations policies made simple

One of the characteristics of a software defined datacenter (SDDC) is the use of policy based management. With policy based management you describe how your SDDC should behave. In an SDDC you don’t want to focus on the management of individual components, but you want to describe how the infrastructure should act … [Read more...]