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 June 23, 2020
A compact, high capacity, high throughput, and low latency backup target for Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Contemporary Enterprise-grade environments have all-out unstoppable demands. Apart from exceptional redundancy and uptime, such infrastructures need impeccable backup. It must be in a hardened, non-domain joined setup that’s independent of the fabrics and workloads it protects, abide by the 3-2-1 rule, and have a small footprint.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 9, 2020
A highly available SMTP relay solution – Part II

In the previous part, the article focused on the design of HA SMTP relay solutions. It also outlined the steps you should take to correctly prepare for setting up. In this part, you will get the detailed step-by-step guide on how to actually set up the solution without any trouble. The process is cumbersome but manageable.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 7, 2020
A highly available SMTP relay solution – Part I

This article is part one of a two-part series on configuring a highly available, on-premises SMTP relay solution. In this part, we discuss the design and do all the preparational work before setting up the actual SMTP relay solution in part two.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on December 19, 2019
How to Re-Encrypt Multiple SNIs on the same IP and port with a Kemp LoadMaster – PART 2

In Part I of this article, we discussed how to handle multiple SSL sites sharing the same IP address and port bound to multiple SSL certificates in regards to SNI decryption and re-encryption with Kemp LoadMaster. We discussed briefly how to achieve this creatively. With Kemp LoadMaster, you will need to leverage sub-virtual services (SubVSs) in combination with content rules to handle this scenario. We also use SSL decryption and re-encryption in order to support the clients and servers with different TLS versions. Re-encryption is handled at the virtual service (VS) level, not at the SubVS level. Meaning you can only enter one SNI name for re-encryption with a shared VIP. So, in the case of two or more SSL sites sharing the same IP address, you would have only one that works.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on December 18, 2019
How to Re-Encrypt Multiple SNIs on the Same IP and Port with Kemp LoadMaster – PART 1

As you all know by now, it really is time to say goodbye to TLS 1.0/1.1. You might be ready to only offer and support TLS 1.2. Perhaps you can even add TLS 1.3 as well. Being able and willing to block TLS 1.0/1.1 is a good thing completely. Well done.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 4, 2019
How to use a persistent memory disk in a Hyper-V virtual machine

Probably, everyone asked that question when finding out about the support function for persistent memory disks inside a virtual machine (VM) in Windows Server 2019 with the Hyper-V role. Persistent memory disks are good when we need a very high speed and very low latency. Some vendors can provide persistent memory disk option for you in their storage offerings. But why mapping persistent memory storage via the hypervisor host is so important?

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on March 26, 2019
Configure NVDIMM-N on a DELL PowerEdge R740 with Windows Server 2019

Non-volatile storages are lifebuoys for any company in case of power cycling. In running business having untouchable memory storage is vital. That’s why any novel software or hardware must support non-volatile memory with no problems. Time to learn how to go with the times and configure NVDIMM-N on one of the latest Dell PowerEdge Servers with Windows NT most recent software solution!

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on December 27, 2018
Is Microsoft really considering an acquisition of Mellanox?

Mellanox, an Israeli company, is a leader when it comes to FPGAs and all kinds of programmable logic in the switches and NICs. The latter allow having 25Gbps at a cost and quality level traditional network companies won’t allow. Recently rumors about an acquisition of Mellanox by Microsoft began to circulate. The only decision assessment does not exist, as well as the determination of reasons for which Microsoft decided to take this move. Why does Microsoft want to buy Mellanox?

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 15, 2018
Windows Server 2019 introduces a new SMB Mapping Option UseWriteThrough

Do you know that not every solution requires high available storage? Sometimes there is a need in functionality that gives us the option not to leverage any OS caching. Precisely this UseWriteThrough option you can find in the New-SBMMapping commandlet in Windows Server 2019. It allows a user to disable caching with SMB mappings in certain scenarios thus giving a possibility to prefer reliability over performance in non-continuously available file share scenarios. So, always check “paper proof of concepts” and find the best options for your IT infrastructure and business development!

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on September 27, 2018
Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA?

Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA? What? Blasphemy, how dare we even question this? In my defense, I’m not questioning anything. I am merely being curious. I’m the inquisitive kind. The need for RDMA is the premise that we have been working with ever since RDMA became available outside of HPC InfiniBand fabrics. For us working in the Windows ecosystem this was with SMB Direct. Windows Server 2012 was the OS version that introduced us to SMB Direct, which leverages RDMA.

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