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: SoftPerfect Connection Emulator

Today’s ToolTip is about SoftPerfect Connection Emulator SCE. As the name says the software allows you to emulate different connection types. Unfortunately the tool is not for free, but I found the software nice enough to give it a try and eventually buy it especially since I haven’t been able to find a free alternative yet. SCE allows you to simulate different network speeds such as modem, ISDN or DSL. You can either choose one 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

End-to-End WAN Optimization with BranchCache (External)

If you have an interest in Windows 7 BrachCache Technology I recommend reading the TechNet Magazine article “End-to-End WAN Optimization with BranchCache”. Related posts: Windows7 BranchCache test results Playing with BranchCache ReadTip: BranchCache Design Guide