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Setting High Priority for BITS Traffic - Software Distribution

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  • I'm trying to figure out how I can set SCCM clients to download software from DP's using  BITS high priority. We currently have a GPO for BITS that sets different rates depending on low/normal/high priority. I've set the package to high priority in SCCM but I don't think that affects client BITS job. Has anyone done this?
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:24 PM

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  • The only place I know of to set a BITS priority is during ccmsetup. Not saying it's not there, but like John, I've never ever seen it referenced in ConfigMgr (other than ccmsetup).

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    I went and researched this question quite a bit because it was interesting to me. From the way I interpret the docs the priority set on ccmsetup only pertains to the priority of downloading the client install files. It has no bearing on future downloads.

    If there is no option for setting this, and I don't think there is, it would be a great DCR on connect. Sounds very useful!


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    • Marked as answer by jenujose Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:59 PM
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:02 PM
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  • OK, I finally got confirmation from the product team. Content priority is *only* used for content distribution to child (including secondary) sites and DPs.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Marked as answer by jenujose Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:59 PM
    Monday, May 19, 2014 8:17 PM
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  • I am unaware of any method that prioritizes BITS throttling. Can you tell me the exact GPO setting you are referring to?


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:03 PM
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  • John, 

    The policies are located in Computer-->Policies-->Windows Settings-->Administrative Templates-->Network/BITS

    Policy:

    Setup a work schedule to limit the maximum network bandwidth used for BITS background transfers.

    In this policy you can set "High/Normal/Low" priority limit. We've actually tested this manually be creating BITS jobs using bitsadmin and downloading files from the DP, and it works. However, I'm trying to figure out via SCCM how I can have the client download certain packages using high priority.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:15 PM
  • Neat, I never knew that was there. I've dug around a bit. I can't find anything that references the default priority nor anything that tells how to change the BITS priority.

    The priority you set is for sending the content to DP's not from DP to client just as you suspected. AFAIK, that has not affect on the BITS priority.


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:40 PM
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  • The only place I know of to set a BITS priority is during ccmsetup. Not saying it's not there, but like John, I've never ever seen it referenced in ConfigMgr (other than ccmsetup).

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:52 PM
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  • The only place I know of to set a BITS priority is during ccmsetup. Not saying it's not there, but like John, I've never ever seen it referenced in ConfigMgr (other than ccmsetup).

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    I went and researched this question quite a bit because it was interesting to me. From the way I interpret the docs the priority set on ccmsetup only pertains to the priority of downloading the client install files. It has no bearing on future downloads.

    If there is no option for setting this, and I don't think there is, it would be a great DCR on connect. Sounds very useful!


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    • Marked as answer by jenujose Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:59 PM
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:02 PM
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  • Correct. ccmsetup options are only for ccmsetup and have no effect on anything else.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:09 PM
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  • I'm going to post this on Microsoft Partner Network Forum and see if I can get an answer there or even call support. But for sure, even if this is available, it's not documented. 
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:26 PM
  • OK, I finally got confirmation from the product team. Content priority is *only* used for content distribution to child (including secondary) sites and DPs.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Marked as answer by jenujose Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:59 PM
    Monday, May 19, 2014 8:17 PM
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