Didier Van Hoye
Didier Van Hoye
Didier Van Hoye is an IT veteran with over 17 years of expertise in Microsoft technologies, storage, virtualization and networking. He works mainly as a subject matter expert advisor and infrastructure architect in Wintel environments leveraging DELL hardware to build the best possible high performance solutions with great value for money. He contributes his experience and knowledge to the global community as Microsoft MVP in Hyper-V, a Veeam Vanguard, a member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team in Belgium and a DELL TechCenter Rockstar. He does so as a blogger, author, presenter and public speaker

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 30, 2021
A look at SMB Compression

The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol has been used by Windows Server (WS) and Windows OS for quite a while now. However, its compression issues were resolved and integrated by Microsoft only in 2020. SMB compression allows saving on storage and time required to transfer and store the shared files. It also has various use cases, each having its own nuances.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on August 5, 2021
Transition a highly available RD Gateway to use the NPS Extension for Azure MFA – Phase II

In Part 1, we talked about the security principle of two-factor authentication and how to prepare your existing Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway for Network Policy Server (NPS) Extension for Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Now, it’s time to integrate the solution and look at the logs and tools for troubleshooting in case any issues occur.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on August 3, 2021
Transition a Highly Available RD Gateway to Use the NPS Extension for Azure MFA – Phase I

Network Policy Server (NPS) Extension for Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a good choice to enhance the security of your Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway. This combination will use two-step verification for client authentication to add another protection layer to your NPS/RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Server).

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on July 15, 2021
SMB over QUIC Testing Guide – Part II

In Part 1 we focused on overall information on SMB over QUIC and how to make the necessary preparations for all to function well. Today, we’ll focus on the technicalities. It will be somewhat a tedious process but we’ve laid out everything in minute detail, so you don’t have to break your neck trying to figure it all out 😉

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on July 13, 2021
SMB over QUIC Testing Guide – Part I

Previously, we discussed how Windows Server 2022 is continuing to push the QUIC networking transport protocol on top of UDP. In this article, we’ll focus on SMB storage protocol over QUIC, how it prevents server spoofing, how it’s integrated into the client and the server, how to prepare for its work, and other related topics.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on June 30, 2021
QUIC, HURRY UP!

Windows Server 2022 will see various novelties. Among others, it will push its QUIC, TLS 1.3, HTTP/3, and SMB 3.1.1 protocols as new standards. QUIC, specifically, is presented as an alternative to TCP and is often dubbed “TCP/2.” But are these protocols worth being standardized? And what are the challenges?

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on February 11, 2021
Evolution and trends in backup storage for Microsoft environments with Veeam in 2021

More transparency, fewer hardware restrictions, freedom of choice, clarity of control, and immutability — that’s where backups are headed. Microsoft has been taking too long to adapt its ReFS to those consumer demands. Veeam and Linux, on the other hand, leverage those trends and offer immutability with reasonable freedom of object and cloud storage choice.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on January 26, 2021
Veeam Hardened Linux Repository – Part III

Part 2 discussed adding the Linux server to Veeam managed servers and adding immutable repositories, along with incompatible configs that Veeam’ll block if you try using them. Today, you will learn about the entire configuration deeper: how immutability works, scenarios with bad actors, how they can succeed, and how to test if all is working fine.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on January 21, 2021
Veeam Hardened Linux Repository – Part II

Part 1 discussed what a hardened repository was, how Veeam B&R V11 had everything to achieve that, and how to set up Linux for those purposes. Now, you will learn how to add the Linux server to Veeam managed servers and how to add immutable repositories. You’ll also learn about incompatible configs that Veeam will block if you try to use them.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on January 19, 2021
Veeam Hardened Linux Repository – Part I

Veeam Backup & Replication V11 introduced the ability to build your own immutable, hardened backup repository. There’s no more need to use third-party compatible solutions, like WORM disk storage or others. Now, you can do that using any server with storage that meets the requirements plus several supported Linux distros and XFS.

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