Testing and Validation

Objectives

The objective for the testing and validation phase of a POC can be summarized as such:

  • Manage and control traffic on all networks (subnets/locations) to be able to distribute software, and save bandwidth without a large server infrastructure at the same time not impacting business operations

  • Verify that your peer-to-peer traffic is working and are you offloading the network as intended including working with BITS/BranchCache, Delivery Optimization and LEDBAT.

  • Realtime visibility to identify what type of network traffic is creating bottlenecks and demonstrate that software distributions are being controlled and can be reconfigured immediately

Implementing Bandwidth Limiting Server Components

NameDescriptionRequirement / Benefit

Limits the number of concurrent downloads to a certain subnet (location)

Maximises the P2P efficiency of built-in Microsoft P2P tech. Ensures a single download of content per location. Further leverages Microsoft Deduplication to reduce data transferred

Limit content transfers to the absolute minimum required

Limits the download speed to a fixed set of Kb/s per location

Ensures that business bandwidth is protected by allocating a set amount of bandwidth to Systems Management traffic

Protect business bandwidth usage at all locations

Slow down, Increase, Pause, Restart or Kill all BITS download jobs

At busy times, or during emergencies – provides complete and instant control over all in-flight transfers

Flexible, reactive ability to control all content transfers

Manage Microsoft Peer-to-Peer Technologies" Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Delivery Optimization

NameDescruptionRequirement / Benefit

Single Site Download

Enhances Microsoft BranchCache to enable multi-Subnet/Multi VLAN transfers

Limit content transfers to the absolute minimum required

Windows Store (WSfB)

Manage Windows Store and/or Windows Store For Business Downloads

Manage Delivery Optimization transfers regardless of source – while maintaining Bandwidth Limits

Microsoft Intune

Manage Content Downloads from Intune

Windows Update

Manage Content Downloads from Windows Update

Integrate with and Manage new Microsoft Bandwidth Management Technologies

Microsoft is implementing LEDBAT and CUBIC congestion control methods within Windows to facilitate Bandwidth Management within the Operating System

Use built-in technologies at no further cost where possible

Reporting & Visualization

NameDescriptionRequirement / Benefit

Real time visibility

Dashboards providing a real-time tracking of all the above content transfers. Provide efficiency stats and highlight any issues

Single location to track & manage all types of download

Enhanced Microsoft ConfigMgr Reports

Extended reporting for more accurate analysis of P2P efficiency, volumes of data transferred etc

Provide visibility over and above the real-time monitoring

Long term trend analysis

Optional recording of all data to a DB for analysis/data visualization/reporting/trending

Long term tracking of data transfers – can reduce Cloud storage/egress costs

Scripting Interface

Allow for customizations using an API or interface to automate items.

Complex scenarios

De-duplicated Cache Management

Store a copy of Windows Enterprise N media as well as Windows Enterprise meida with minimum additional storage footprint

Reduced cache footprint

Pre-caching

Pre-cache content for future deployments

Build and/or deploy faster

Network Requirements

NameDescriptionRequirement / Benefit

Network Topology

Ability to dynamically build the network topology.

The systems management team can see the full network dynamically without interaction with the network group

VLANs

Network team can add VLANs without notifying the endpoint management team and content is distributed inefficiently or causing outages

Auto-generation of networks

Auto Network Group Creation

Automatically create a new subnet / office location which may be unknown

The ability to create auto network groups within the dedicated tooling and not rely on external infrastructure or manual creation​

StifleR Dashboard

To view the activities of the StifleR Clients, open the StifleR Dashboard on the StifleR server by visiting the dashboard URL: http://StifleRserver/stiflerdashboard/

There won’t be much in the way of traffic data yet, but you should be able to see the clients that were added in the previous steps. Drill down the Clients section of the dashboard to see the clients which have checked in. Once you have confirmed that the clients have connected to the dashboard we can move on.

Deploy a Program to a single client PC and monitor the download

In this step you will deploy and monitor, in real time, a deployment to a single client:

  • Target a single client system only with the required deployment created in the previous step. You can use an ‘As soon as Possible’ deployment schedule.

  • On the targeted test client perform a Client Policy Refresh to speed up the deployment

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