Bandwidth throttling

Many network environments have limited bandwidth between certain geographic locations, between offices and home users using VPNs, and so forth. Deploying large Microsoft® patches (for example: the Windows 7 SP1 update is 537 MB!) can overwhelm limited bandwidth connections and cause bandwidth problems for certain users or applications.

To avoid issues related to bandwidth usage, BigFix uses the following mechanisms:
  • Properly implemented and maintained Relay architecture
  • Distributing patch deployments over time
  • Applying bandwidth throttling configurations between components
This section explains how to configure the BigFix components to use bandwidth throttling. The BigFix Console operator can control the maximum number of bytes per second that is used to send files over a network connection through client configuration settings and it can be done at the levels of the BigFix Server, Relay, or Client components.

You can configure the bandwidth throttling settings through tasks within the BES Support site. On the console, click All Content > Fixets and Tasks > Tasks Only > By Site > BES Support and search for the term throttle. All settings are set as registry key client settings on the endpoint in the client section of the registry, that is, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BigFix\EnterpriseClient\Settings\Client and with a String [REG_SZ] type of named value. The value is entered as a numeric; for example, 500 bps is entered as 500.

For details about the related configuration settings, see Bandwidth throttling.