Wing Commander

Delivering Windows 10 deployment data of 30GB+ over a company WAN reminds me little of my brief life as a PC gamer back in the 1990s (ancient tech, 386 and MS-DOS). I became obsessed with a game called Wing Commander. I flew a fighter through space—slowing down to navigate asteroid fields, and tangling with enemy fighters—to help get the mother ship safely to its destination before it was too late. That’s not unlike the challenge people face with Windows 10 OSD: how to get a 30GB+ images to their destination at the fastest possible speed without crashing into other network traffic.

Move it Superfast, but Don’t Break Anything

With Windows 10 OSD, not only do you have to move massive data payloads across the globe, you have to move them to every one of hundreds of different operating locations. Then you have to continually deliver updates to the Windows 10 deployment content. Plus, you have to keep users secure and productive with Windows 10 cumulative updates, new applications, application updates, current security engines and files, and so much more.

Without SCCM network optimization, your IT department may be forced to slow systems traffic to a trickle to protect the business. SCCM content delivery must never impact the applications and users who whose network traffic is critical to the company’s success. Administrators typically protect business operations traffic by slowing down SCCM transfers using scheduling and throttling. They can schedule delivery for certain hours in the day (e.g., 1am-3am). Alternatively, they can throttle each SCCM transfer to a fraction of available bandwidth. Throttling unfortunately ensures that, even when the network is free, SCCM content such as Windows 10 images will move at a fraction of the possible speed.

OneSite with Predictive Bandwidth Harvesting runs content at the full speed of the network—while never slowing down other traffic on the WAN. OneSite is not limited to a few hours a day, and transfers aren’t limited to a fraction of bandwidth. It uses a propriety technology that accurately predicts how much traffic is coming onto the WAN in real time, and then sends each data packet when the WAN has available bandwidth. When the network is free, content moves at the fastest possible speed with no danger of impacting other traffic. You can put any amount of content on the WAN any time of day—even 10am on a Monday—and never worry about it.

Can the solution deliver at the full speed of the network?

Data transfer speed is just one of many factors impacting your Windows 10 deployment timeframes, but it’s an important one. Check to be sure the solution you choose won’t limit your speed with throttling or scheduling.

Questions to ask:

  • Does the solution limit content delivery via scheduling, so transfer only happens some hours of the day?
  • Does it slow content delivery via throttling, or does it deliver content at the full speed of the WAN by safely using all available bandwidth.
  • If the solution uses throttling, does it require an administrator to individually set different throttle levels for different computes or different types of content?

May all your content reach its destination quickly

After a month of total Wing Commander immersion, I decided I had better things to do with my free time—like watch cable TV because there was no Internet yet! No doubt you have better things to do with your time than fret of Windows 10 OSD content delivery. You don’t want to babysit Windows 10 content delivery schedules, get chewed out by the network team because you flooded the WAN, or wait forever for content pre-staging to complete at remote offices. Ask the right questions, and you’ll get a solution that makes your life as easy as possible.