Author Archives: chrisfwilliams

AWS re:Invent re:Cap 2017

This was my very first AWS re:Invent conference and there are so many things to talk about!  New announcements, new friends, a list of do’s & don’ts for the next time I attend!   AWS Services First off, I’m going to briefly talk about the new services that have were announced, but I’m not going… Read More »

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Learning Python in 7,832 easy steps…

So I’m also trying to learn a bit about programming & I’ve decided to start with Python.  I did some Java back in college and I can do a little powershell scripting, but I’m basically starting from scratch.  Here’s the list of things I’ve done so far, ranked by efficacy: Coursera’s Programming for Everybody (Python)… Read More »

On being a vExpert

     I love learning new things.  I also love sharing the knowledge that I have out to folks who are interested in it.  That’s why I started this blog.  That’s why I help to run VTUG, AWS-PUG and host/present for vBrownBag.  This is on top of my full time role at GreenPages 🙂 It’s… Read More »

Use AWS Lambda to schedule instance starts/stops and save some money!

I’m currently running a PoC and I only want the systems available to play with Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm EST.  In order to save a good bit of money I’ve decided to turn off the instances at night.  I’m also super lazy, so I don’t want to have to log into the servers… Read More »

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Changing the size of your EBS-backed Windows EC2 instance in 5 easy steps

I’ve been playing with Jenkins recently and came to find out that the I3.large instance that I created for it doesn’t have enough CPU to satisfy my requirements. The instance is all configured, installed and happy, so now I just want MOAR POOTER!!! Here is a step-by-step on how to do exactly that. Note: this… Read More »

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The AWS Portsmouth User Group is now official!

Steve Viens, Tim Durgan and I started a new AWS User Group for the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area! We had our first meetup 4/11 at the GreenPages office (Thanks Ron!). If you are in the area, you can join us by signing up here: https://www.meetup.com/aws-portsmouth-user-group/ Here is the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCTFF5am-14H93VSg3fk_4Q Our first presenter was Brian Tarbox… Read More »

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Connecting the Mistwire VMware Homelab to an AWS VPC

Something that I had been meaning to do for a long time was to create a VPN connection between my home lab (a VMware based nested ESXi environment in my basement) to one of my AWS VPCs. Overview – As this is a simple setup, we’re going to go with a single VPN connection scenario:… Read More »

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vROps – Create & Enable 6.0 Hardening Alerts

I’ve been spending a lot of time in vROps recently, so I’m going to do a little write up on 5.5 and 6.0 Hardening Alerts found in vRealize Operations Manager 6.4 In the vROps policy section, you’ll see that there is a default policy in the Policy Library called the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide: “But… Read More »

My Experience with the AWS Solutions Architect Pro (AWS-PSA) Exam

It took me 2 times to pass this test and I have to say, it is a very difficult and rather sneaky exam 😉 To start off, this is the progression of study material that I used, in order: Watched the excellent acloud.guru video series. Read all of the whitepapers in the recommended reading list as… Read More »

Log Insight – Upgrade 3.6 to 4.0

Today I’m going to upgrade my 3 node Log Insight environment from 3.6 to 4.0. Here are the steps: Go to VMware.com and download the upgrade package: Log into your Log Insight 3.6 environment and choose the menu option in the upper right corner and select Administration: Select “Cluster” and click the “Upgrade Cluster” button:… Read More »