start docker as systemd on centos7/rhel7

Here is an example how you can start a docker container as a service. After reboot this docker instance will be started.
Create a service file like this: 


Description=Redis Docker Container 







ExecStart=/bin/docker run -d –name redis redis

ExecStop=/bin/docker stop -t 2 redis 

ExecStopPost=/bin/docker rm -f redis




test it with the following command:

systemctl start redis

stop it with: systemctl stop redis

make this permanent with systemctl enable redis

Config Azure AD authentication on tomcat

Just made a simple demo project (not for production purposes) that shows you how you can use the Azure Active Directory as a REALM for your authentication. Nowadays you would use a framework that does 3rd party authentication for you…your custom authenticator will use a third party framework that federates the authentication to a (trusted) 3rd party like Facebook or Google.

Please note that this is NOT the way to use AAD in a production environment.
This is Demo code to show how you can (mis)use AAD as a LDAP solution.
In future I will create a federated authentication solution using AAD.

Here is the project:

Here you see the code in action:

Docker Image for Azure CLI and Azure Powershell

If you are a MAC or Linux user like I am and you like to manage your azure environment with azure-cli or azure-powershell you can use the following docker Image: cvugrinec/ubuntu-azure-powershellandcli:latest

Just type the following:

docker run –it  cvugrinec/ubuntu-azure-powershellandcli /bin/sh

Please note that for azure-powershell only ARM mode is supported. Azure cli supports ASM and ARM mode.

70-533 Azure certification notes

Recently I certified myself for the 70-533 exam, which  is the MCP certification for Implementing Microsoft Azure infrastructure solutions. Here are my notes what I think you should do (HANDS ON) in order to pass:

  • Web Applications/ Paas services
    • Deploy some webapplications, using the concept of slots. Also pretend to do a production update
    • Enable monitoring for 1 or 2 endpoints in your app for different test locations
    • Play with the traffic manager and understand when to use it
    • Enable CDN and understand what needs to be done (for e.g. which DNS records)
    • Implement several databases and understand the difference in products and service levels.
    • Implement autoscaling
  • Azure Virtual Machines
    • Create some VMS’ preferable with own image and attaching own datadisks
    • Make an availabilty plan
    • Make a scaleset
    • Do an update on a update domain
    • Test a failover scenario with the failover domain(s)
    • Enable diagnostics and download the diagnostics with powershell commands
  • Storage and Disks
    • Create storage accounts with powershell, create shares on it and put files on them
    • Upload a VHD and create a image for an OS you would like to make available
    • Create a datadisk and play with the optimization parameters for caching
    • Play with Azure Site Recovery and Backup manager
    • Play and understand the with several zones (LRS/ZRS/GRS/GRS(A))
  • Azure Virtual Networks
    • Play with the setting for Site to Site and Point to Site and understand when to use Express route. Understand when a VPN needs to be installe
    • Export an existing network config, change it and import it back again
    • Make a connection between 2 Virtual Networks
    • Implement subnets and routing between them
    • Implement NSG and play with ACL
    • Play with Static IP addresses for PAAS services (reserved) or VM’s
  • Azure Active Directory (IAM)
    • Add a custom domain to your AAD
    • Add a custom web application and use the SSO with own credential store
    • Add an application from the store and enable SSO
    • Add an application using existing SSO (for e.g. from Google or facebook)
    • Implement a multisite network

To be honest I haven’t done all of this…but this is what I think I should have done in retrospective. The exam is doable ( I passed it the first time…so everyone can 🙂  If I would create a course for passing this exam (maybe I will someday) than I would spend a week doing the stuff I mentioned here. PS: I passed my exam by doing prep exams from: …

Managing your gmail mailbox

I found out a way to get full control of my heavily loaded gmail mailbox… just plain code…without complicated looking (not easy to find) user menu’s to configure settings for archiving and cleaning my mailbox. Login to your gmail account (with your browser)…and then go to

Here you can put your (javascript) code and even debug it. Even better…after you are finished, you can expose this code as a (web)service or schedule it with the built in timer, woa …excellent dude!!!

Here is a snippet of the code I am using:


function cleanUp() {
var delayDays = 0; // Enter # of days before messages are moved to trash
var maxDate = new Date();
cleanupCandidates = ["","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","autodna.mail"];

gthreads = GmailApp.getInboxThreads();
for (var fc=0; fc<cleanupCandidates.length; fc++){
for (var i=0; i<gthreads.length; i++){
messages = gthreads[i].getMessages();
for (var j=0; j<messages.length; j++){
if (messages[j].getDate()<=maxDate){
Logger.log("Message older than maxdate ("+delayDays+"days)…removing it: ");
Logger.log("THREAD ID"+gthreads[i].getId()+" FROM: "+messages[j].getFrom()+" subject: "+messages[j].getSubject());

function labelStuff(){
archiveCandidates = ["","","","","","","","","","","","Niels Westmeijer <>"];
labelCandidate = ["Archief/eve","Archief/playstore","Archief/microsoft","Archief/reizen","Archief/redhat","Archief/hosting","Archief/hosting-sec","Archief/hosting-sec","Archief","Archief","Archief/iTunes","Archief/eve"];

gthreads = GmailApp.getInboxThreads();
for (var i=0; i<gthreads.length; i++){
messages = gthreads[i].getMessages();
for (var j=0; j<messages.length; j++){
Logger.log("Evaluating message frpm: "+fromMail);
Logger.log("Found at:"+foundAtLocation+" Applying label "+label+" for: THREAD ID"+gthreads[i].getId()+" FROM: "+from+" subject: "+messages[j].getSubject());
eveLabel = GmailApp.createLabel(label);


here a screeshot:

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screenshot of the trigger/ scheduler…cronjob editor