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SCCM WAN Delivery Prioritization: Monster Trucks vs. Flying DeLoreans

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SCCM Delivery Prioritization

For SCCM administrators, urgent priorities are the new normal. Nobody says, “Oh, by the way, in two weeks a zero-day exploit will be discovered, and a little while later Microsoft will issue a patch for it. So start planning now and it should be easy to patch all systems worldwide when the emergency happens.”

It’s more like, “OMG, a zero day exploit!! Have you patched all the computers around the planet yet? Is there even a patch out yet?”

Of course, in an ideal world, you’ll never need to panic. All of your content will automatically go out at the perfect priority to the correct facilities (operating locations) so you never have to think about it.

Adaptiva OneSite Delivery Prioritization can solve all these problems. You can read about it in detail on the Delivery Prioritization deep dive, but I’ll give you a quick rundown here.

The Monster (Truck) Content Priority Dilemma

If you have time-critical content to deliver, such as a zero-day exploit patch or an emergency compliance fix, quite often you have to become a monster truck. You kill partially completed jobs already in progress so your emergency content has the WAN to itself. However, SCCM jobs don’t die right away, so even after you kill them you aren’t able to get content out immediately.

Without Adaptiva OneSite


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After your critical content is delivered, you have to remember which jobs you killed and then restart them. Basically, you have to un-crunch the cars you crushed, which can be kind of a pain.

On the (Marty Mc)Fly Content Prioritization

With Adaptiva OneSite, there’s a better way. We call it real-time priority override, but you can also think of it as Marty McFly’s DeLorean from Back to the Future. It lets you easily change priorities on the fly so your emergency content begins transferring over the WAN instantly. It doesn’t kill partially completed jobs, it pauses them. Then, after your high priority WAN content delivery is finished, the paused transfers automatically resume where they left off so they complete without missing a byte.

With Adaptiva OneSite

Here’s how it works.

  1. You give the urgent content a new priority value.
  2. Go to lunch, because the rest happens automatically.
  3. All lower priority content transfers are paused instantly.
  4. The critical content begins transmitting immediately worldwide across the WAN.
  5. When the urgent job completes, the paused content transfers resume exactly where they left off.

Avoiding Emergencies Automatically

OneSite automatic prioritization lets you process WAN deliveries based on how important each piece of content is, instead of when the transfer was requested. OneSite gives different types of jobs default priority values from 0 – 255. For example, your organization may want all patches to go out first, then all applications, and then OSD content behind them.

All you do is submit jobs. You don’t have to think about setting the right priorities—it just happens because it’s obvious that it should. You can customize the defaults for different content types, and easily change the priority value for a specific piece of content when submitting a job.

This way, when an emergency comes along, you just create the content delivery job and assign it the top priority before even submitting it. Everything happens perfectly, much more smoothly than it would if you ran around panicking. There’s nothing extra for you to do. Problem solved.

Deliver to Facilities, not Devices

Facility prioritization is the final component of Delivery Prioritization from Adaptiva. SCCM lets you peek at content transfers over the WAN to DPs, but offers no visibility into WAN transfers to clients and non-DP servers that you manage. In most companies, not every operating location has a DP, so individual endpoints will get content from across the WAN.

With OneSite, most facilities will not have a DP because Adaptiva eliminates the need for them. Content travels the WAN once to a location where it is shared locally on the LAN via the high-availability peer-to-peer network.

With facility prioritization, it’s easy to view content traveling over the WAN to a facility, including content traveling to clients and non-DP servers. You can think in terms of facilities not devices, and you can reprioritize any or all transfers on the fly. It’s a smarter way to look at content transfers, and only OneSite offers it. If you really want to see what specific computer is receiving content, you can. We offer that level of specificity, but in general you won’t be interested.

Flying Sports Cars Make Life Easier

OneSite makes it easy to get your most important content out first, saving you headaches and a lot of time. You can read more about it in the Delivery Prioritization deep dive. It’s advanced content delivery engineering that only Adaptiva can offer, and it works in conjunction with a host of other Adaptiva-only networking technologies:

  • Policy Push: Instead of waiting for clients to poll the server on an interval such as every 15 minutes or hour to see if they need updating—as with other technologies—OneSite can push policies out instantly, so critical updates start immediately.
  • Predictive Bandwidth Harvesting: The world’s only predictive WAN management technology for SCCM truly never impacts business traffic, a next-generation improvement over reactive TCP-based solutions.
  • NetBoost: SCCM delivery technology that guarantees network responsiveness in milliseconds as specified by an administrator, safely delivering content over slow and poor WAN links while preserving a great network experience for users.

Also, just in case it wasn’t clear…. We don’t actually give you a flying car from the future, just technology from the future.

Dan Richings
Director of Customer Experience, Europe, Adaptiva