automatic updates priority.

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Any way to make it download a bit faster?
    I meant I don't really care how long it takes, but I'd love to be able
    to say,
    "go for it, use as much bandwidth as you need" rather than its current

    "I'll trickle it and it'll be done in a day or so"

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    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 29, 2005
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  2. Is it talking to Windows Update, Microsoft Update outside your network?
    or a SUS or WSUS server inside your network?

    And what version of Windows are you using on your desktop?

    Cheers
    Nathan
     
    Nathan Mercer, Sep 29, 2005
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  3. Nathan Mercer wrote:
    > Is it talking to Windows Update, Microsoft Update outside your network?
    > or a SUS or WSUS server inside your network?
    >
    > And what version of Windows are you using on your desktop?


    XP, and grabbing from err,
    a210.55.204.198.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http... outside obviously :)


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    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 29, 2005
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  4. running SP2 of XP?
     
    Nathan Mercer, Sep 29, 2005
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  5. Nathan Mercer wrote:
    > running SP2 of XP?


    yep... all latest as of about thursday last week... I'm guessing it'll
    be an update to the malicious software removal thing.

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    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 29, 2005
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  6. AU uses BITS, the Background Intelligent Transfer Service. BITS is a
    piece of Windows infrastructure to allow background download (and
    upload) of files between a client and server. Features include
    Asynchronous file transfer using available network bandwidth.
    File transfers are resume-able.
    Support for authentication.
    File transfer priority.
    Protocol support (HTTP/HTTPS and SMB).

    XPSP2 means you have BITS2.0

    BITS transfers files using left-over network bandwidth, it does not
    wait for an idle network. Transfers proceed asynchronously until
    complete.

    BITS monitors local (NIC) interface usage to determine network
    utilization and keeps a weighted moving average of recent network
    activity (up to the past few seconds). It then estimates network
    availability for the next ~second and transfers data accordingly

    BITS determines its network strategy based on local network statistics,
    there is currently no End-to-End throttling.
    BITS will resume transfers from where it left off in case of:
    NIC hardware changes
    Network disconnects
    Power fail - Hard and Soft system restarts

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/bits/bits/network_bandwidth.asp

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/bits/bits/group_policies.asp

    Checkout the last link for details of the Group Policy GPO (domain or
    local) you can set to control the bandwidth

    Since you are downloading directly from Windows Update (via Akamai) you
    will probably find tweaking these won't make much difference, the slow
    down will be upstream, probably your Internet link.

    If you visit http://update.microsoft.com it will switch your machine
    over from using Windows Update to Microsoft Update, then you will get
    Office patches etc

    Cheers
    Nathan
     
    Nathan Mercer, Sep 29, 2005
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  7. Nathan Mercer wrote:
    > If you visit http://update.microsoft.com it will switch your machine
    > over from using Windows Update to Microsoft Update, then you will get
    > Office patches etc


    Thanks for all that info... I have already used microsoftupdate, very
    nice having one place to check...
    It turns out that the update is Office 2k3 SP2, I see it got released
    the other day(27/09/05 according to here http://tinyurl.com/am3tm).

    Either way, all up-to-date now... however have changed auto updates to
    check on friday 5pm weekly rather than daily at 3am, it is never
    finished big ones by the time I get here at 7.

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    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 29, 2005
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