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Windows 10 version 1903 May update prepair Windows Update Delivery Optimization #Windows10 #ConfigMgr #DO #DeliveryOptimization #Waas #WUDO   Leave a comment

With the up coming Windows 10 1903 version you better be prepared, and save some bandwidth by setting up the right settings like Delivery Optimization. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/04/08/releasing-the-may-2019-update-to-the-release-preview-ring/#XSwellpKSbo6oeum.97

What is Delivery Optimization ?

Windows Update Delivery Optimization helps you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps more quickly and reliably.

In many business networks, downloading apps and updates can be slow, inefficient, and, in many markets, expensive. When speaking with our customers, we often hear that they have regional facilities in limited and/or metered markets where devices download the same content, redundantly impacting coveted bandwidth and, ultimately, the organization’s financial bottom line. In almost any network, Delivery Optimization can be a highly effective tool, efficiently delivering content to devices and reducing the need for more internet bandwidth.

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10

Windows Update Delivery Optimization works by letting you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft, like other PCs on your local network, or PCs on the Internet that are downloading the same files. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet, based on your settings. Sharing this data between PCs helps reduce the Internet bandwidth that’s needed to keep more than one device up to date or can make downloads more successful if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection.

When Windows downloads an update or app using Delivery Optimization, it will look for other PCs on your local network (or from the Internet, depending on your settings) that have already downloaded that update or app. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows then gets parts of the update or app from the PCs that have it, and parts from Microsoft. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part.

Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.

you can turn this on in the update settings of Windows 10

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10

But there is also a GPO control that can be used. But you need the latest ADMX files in your PolicyDefinitions folder. If you are uncertain if you have the latest file check here to get the files

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57576

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With this GPO setting you can control the settings for Delivery Optimization

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All these settings depends on your need and how your network is configured.

You can also use Delivery Optimization with SCCM. Microsoft recommends that you optimize Windows 10 quality update delivery using Configuration Manager with express installation files and a peer caching technology

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the SCCM client settings

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10

above a good overview on the difference between the different caching options.

To get some details on the caching there are some history charts and activity charts. these are depending on the system.

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In this case these are just my lab machines so no big improvements here, and the machines are redeployed etc so for graphs not the best show models.

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other adjustments can be made on cache settings or bandwidth, 

Get-DeliveryOptimizationStatus

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10

Get-DeliveryOptimizationPerfsnap
Get-DeliveryOptimizationPerfsnapThisMonth

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10

Recommended Setting for Delivery Optimization  Quick-reference table   

Quick-reference table:

Use case Policy Recommended value Reason
Hub & spoke topology Download mode 1 or 2 Automatic grouping of peers to match your topology
Sites with > 30 devices Minimum file size to cache 10 MB (or 1 MB) Leverage peers-to-peer capability in more downloads
Large number of mobile devices Allow uploads on battery power 60% Increase # of devices that can upload while limiting battery drain
Labs with AC-powered devices Content Expiration 7 (up to 30) days Leverage devices that can upload more for a longer period


 

More info about Delivery-Optimization can be found here : https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Delivery-Optimization-Scenarios-and-configuration-options/ba-p/280195

 

 

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Posted April 12, 2019 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2019

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Welcome to Olympia Set up your own Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise #Olympia #Office365 #EnterpriseMobility #WindowsServer #Microsoft #Azure #WindowsInsiders #SCCM   2 comments

 

Olympia V2 is the next step for enabling Windows Insiders to try new and pre-release Windows 10 Enterprise features. Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise v2 provides a complete Microsoft 365 deployment and management testing environment that can be run directly on your own machines. The lab features both client and administrative functionality, including System Center Configuration Manager Preview plus connectivity to Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Security evaluation trials. Customers can also add the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise build to the lab. 

This is a great lab toolkit, to start with the new features. It is easy to setup with a great learning curve.

First we download the entire Lab. it around 14GB

The table below lists the virtual machines, which will be imported and created in Hyper-V:

Server Name

Roles & Products

HYD -DC1

Active Directory Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, Certificate Services

Windows Server 2016

HYD-CM1

System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Version 1808 (Note: After installing a baseline version, you can then use in-console updates to bring your installation up-to-date with the most recent preview version. See Section 4.)

Windows Deployment Services

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Windows 10 ADK

Windows Software Update Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Windows Server 2016

HYD-APP1

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Windows Server 2016

HYD-GW1

Remote Access for Internet Connectivity

Windows Server 2016

HYD-CLIENT1 (Optional)

If the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO image is imported, this machine will be created with windows installed and will be Domain Joined

HYD-CLIENT2 (Optional)

If the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO image is imported, this machine will be created with windows installed and will be Domain Joined

HYD-CLIENT3 (Optional)

If the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO image is imported, this machine will be created with windows installed and will be on Workgroup

HYD-CLIENT4 (Optional)

If the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO image is imported, this machine will be created with windows installed and will be on Workgroup

The VM list in Hyper-v

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The table below lists the credentials and access type available in the default implementation:

Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise

After that just extract the files, keep in mind the setup extract the files at the current location of the setup files. You can move the VM’s afterwards

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Starting the setup and extracting the VM’s

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Select your Vswitch on the Hyper-v server

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Select a insiders ISO or download one,

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Plenty of room in the Windows Server 2019 Hyper-v server with Storage Spaces direct.

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The extracting can take up some time depends on the disks and CPU speed for extraction

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After the Extraction Several VM’s are added to the Hyper-v Server

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The Gateway will route all the data to internet.

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The setup is done the full lab is installed, there are several laps that you can do and setup

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The domain structure that is created is the basic for all the labs

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A SCCM site is created and ready for use. As this is the Technical preview I already got the 1812 Build

Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise

 

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In the Azure Active directory we set some custom pictures.

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Customize these screens is easy done in the Azure portal

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Next step is use SCCM and Intune to manage your systems. This lab is perfect for showing all the options.

 

The Setup is Complete and ready to use, this lab is a great way to self explore the new features.

     Lab Objectives

This guide is designed to provide step-by-step guidance in demonstrating the basic functionality of the feature.

·         Lab Setup

o   On-Premises Environment

o   Cloud Environment

o   On-Premises Environment Post Setup Manual Steps

·         Servicing

o   Windows Analytics Update Compliance

·         Deployment & Management

o   Modern Device Deployment

o   Modern Device Management with AutoPilot

o   Co-Management

o   Modern Application Management with Intune

o   Enterprise State Roaming

·         Security

o   Windows Information Protection

o   Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

o   Windows Defender Application Guard

o   Windows Defender Exploit Guard

o   Windows Hello

o   Credential Guard

o   Device Encryption (MBAM)

o   Device Guard – User Mode Code Integrity

·         Compatibility

o   Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness

o   Browser Compatibility

o   Desktop Bridges

·         Additional Labs

o   MDM WINS over GP

o   MAM FAQ

The Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise was designed for Windows Insiders who want to try new experimental and pre-release Enterprise Privacy and Security features. There are two versions of the lab:

· Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise v1 – provides a client-side view of the latest Microsoft 365 enterprise features through access to Olympia Corp – a virtual corporation has been set up to reflect the IT infrastructure of real world business. 

· Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise v2 – provides a complete Microsoft 365 deployment and management testing environment that can be run directly on your own machines. The lab features both client and administrative functionality, including System Center Configuration Manager Preview plus connectivity to Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security evaluation trials.

 

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What is change in Windows Server 2016 (10) cluster – Setting Cluster Common Properties #winserv   5 comments

In the new Windows Server 2016 ( Windows Server Technical Preview )there are a lot of new features an not all are clear what they are doing.

I call it here Windows server 2016 there is currently no indication that the server 10 will be named 2016 but as the product will come in 2015 it will make sense that it will be called Windows server 2015.

I made a Quick compare from the old cluster Windows Server 2012R2 to the new Windows server 2016

In the GUI there is not much change the only part that is real changed is the Enclosure part. ( See my other blog about this )

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But what is change is underwater. when we do a Get-cluster | fl *  We get a list of all the cluster property’s that can be set.

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Check this MSDN site for more info about Cluster Common Properties

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa369087(v=vs.85).aspx

 

There are a lot of new options but one option is gone RootMemoryReserved is not longer available.

cluster environment variable RootMemoryReserved was introduced to ensure that clustered VM hosts have a minimum amount of physical memory reserve for the host.

The RootMemoryReserved is by default set at 512 MB. This should be sufficient for the host VM that is not performing any operation other than manage the VMs.

As above windows10 is my cluster name and must be used in the PowerShell command

(get-cluster windows10).RootMemoryReserved

To change the RootMemoryReserved, the desired reserved memory size is assigned to the PowerShell cmdlet above. Use the following PowerShell cmdlet to set RootMemoryReserved to 1024 MB:

(get-cluster <cluster name>).RootMemoryReserved=1024

So it is no longer there.!

But now what is new.

When we do a Get-cluster | fl *

It will give us a long list but I filtered out and here are only the new parts that is only available in Windows Server 2015

ClusSvcRegroupStageTimeout        5
ClusSvcRegroupTickInMilliseconds        300
ClusterFunctionalLevel        9
ResiliencyDefaultPeriod        0
QuarantineDuration        0
ResiliencyLevel        Default
ClusterGroupWaitDelay        120
QuorumArbitrationTimeMax        20
RequestReplyTimeout        60
DumpPolicy        69913

When we need to change these options that can be done with (get-cluster).ClusterFunctionalLevel=9

(get-cluster).< with the name> = Value

As I noticed there are options from 2008 back and all have to do with latency so a logical conclusion would be will the cluster go to Azure or is there something coming that we need the values to get a better cluster. and all

Let us review these Commands

ClusSvcRegroupStageTimeout

ClusSvcRegroupTickInMilliseconds

These options where there in 2008 but removed in 2012 and now they are back.

Controls the amount of time, in seconds, that a node waits on other nodes in a membership stage before deciding that they have failed.

Controls the interval of time, in milliseconds, that the membership algorithm waits between issuances of periodic membership messages.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj151921(v=vs.85).aspx

ClusterFunctionalLevel

Upgrading a Hyper-V or Scale-Out File Server cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server Technical Preview no longer requires downtime. The cluster will continue to function at a Windows Server 2012 R2 level until all of the nodes in the cluster are running Windows Server Technical Preview. The cluster functional level is upgraded to Windows Server Technical Preview by using the Windows PowerShell cmdlt Update-ClusterFunctionalLevel.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn765474.aspx

ResiliencyDefaultPeriod

The default resiliency period for the cluster, in seconds

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn823627(v=vs.85).aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn765741(v=vs.85).aspx

ClusterGroupWaitDelay

Specifies the amount of time groups will wait for their default or preferred owner node to come up during cluster cold start, before the groups are moved to another node.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2009/08/11/9864574.aspx

QuorumArbitrationTimeMax

Specifies the maximum number of seconds a node is allowed to spend arbitrating for the quorum resource in a cluster.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa369123(v=vs.85).aspx

RequestReplyTimeout

Describes the length of time a request from a node with a cluster state update will wait for replies from the other healthy nodes before the request times out. Any nodes that do not reply within the request time out period will be removed from active membership in the cluster. The following table summarizes the attributes of the RequestReplyTimeout property.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb394696(v=vs.85).aspx

DumpPolicy

Queries that can be used to export resource type specific logs.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn823627(v=vs.85).aspx

 

There a fresh new options and currently not well documented or <NDA> but I’m sure when the server product is right a lot more new features will be made public.

When the next release of Windows Server will be available I’ll discuss the DASMode properties in a future blog

Happy clustering

Robert Smit

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First installing Windows 10 Can I have my tiles back ?   2 comments

After downloading the Windows 10 Preview Iso

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download

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You can create a boot USB with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

and no I did not press the Express settings.

just a lot of screens with the settings that will be set during the Express settings.

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In this case I’ll set the improve products to on!

 

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I’ll pick a new account so I can create a fresh new local account and not a microsoft account just for testing

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here you can create a local account

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A easy setup and you will have the start menu. ( but now I want the tiles back )

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and One extra a update check a preview update check Winking smile

 

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Posted October 1, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows 10

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