Group Policy Settings to control BITS Bandwidth usage

I just read the article BITS – More Flexible Bandwidth Limit Policies on the Windows Management Infrastructure Blog which describes how BITS bandwidth usage can be configured through Group Policy settings. For Windows 7 (or computers with BITS 3.5 installed) there are 2 Group Policies that provide more granular control of BITS bandwidth usage during working / non-working days/hours and during scheduled maintenance days/hours. The 2 GPOs can be found under Computer Configuration -> Administrative Read More …

ToolTip: Test Poor Network Connectivity (TMNetsim)

A few days ago I found another utility for testing poor network connectivity. TMNetsim is a FREE utility provided by TMUrgent Technologies. TMnetsim is used to simulate a wide-area network for a single protocol. TMnetsim is primarily used to simulate network delay, however, in some (rare) cases it may be used to simulate packet loss or out-of-order delivery, as well as packet capture. (For more details read the provided tmnetsim.html file). So to simulate an Read More …

ToolTip: Network Emulator for Windows Toolkit

While watching the Deep Dive on Designing a BranchCache Infrastructure presentation I noticed the Network Emulator for Windows Toolkit (NEWT) that Tyler Barton was using to simulate a slow network link during his BranchCache demo. After a quick search I’ve found a compiled version for 32 and 64 bit here provided by Marco Pol. NEWT is a Very useful easy to use tool if you want to simulate a slow network connection for testing BranchCache, Read More …

ReadTip: Enhanced Branch Office Productivity and WAN Bandwidth Savings with Microsoft BranchCache

For those who are in the decision making process of using BranchCache, I strongly recommend to read the Enhanced Branch Office Productivity and WAN Bandwidth Savings with Microsoft BranchCache Report from Edison. Microsoft commissioned the Edison Group to create and run a series of tests designed to provide quantified data to illustrate the effects of the file transfer acceleration provided by using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with BranchCache enabled. The result of Read More …

ToolTip: Network Delay Simulator

How long does it take to copy 1 GB over a slow network connection? How fast does my virtual application start? Today I came across a nice FREE utility called Network Delay Simulator. Network Simulator tool allows you to perform network bandwidth and delay simulation (simulate slow/congested links between nodes) on any connection from your computer to any remote node (on the local LAN or remote over Internet). More information and download links can be Read More …

Testing Network Speed – Another one

Back in April i posted an article about Testing Network Speed, here’s another nice utility that allows testing your network speed, and even more. The Utility is called DownTester and is part of the awesome tool collection from NirSoft. DownTester allows you to test the download speed via HTTP, FTP, Remote File Shares and any local drives such as your local drive, DVD and USB. The Tool is FREE and does not need to be Read More …

Saving on WAN Costs with BranchCache

In this video Oliver Rist, Technical Product Manager at the Windows Server group, talks about BranchCache, the Features, the usage modes and the benefits. Watch the video here or download the Transcript from here

Testing Network Speed

There many tools out there that can measure the network speed between 2 computers, but either you have to pay for them or you need to go through a lengthy installation or configuration process. I want something that is FREE and easy to use. Here’s what I end up with after 30 minutes of browsing the web and doing some test installs of the various tools I found. Test TCP Utility To measure the network Read More …

Collect BranchCache Bandwidth data using PowerShell

If you have BranchCache deployed within your enterprise environment you might be interested in the BranchCache Bandwidth Saving Calculation PowerShell Script for the SMB Protocol which allows you to collect and measure the amount of WAN bandwidth that is saved by your BranchCache deployment. Get the documentation and script from here