We have set up a Transfer Window because of bandwidth issues due to the increased usage of our Internet Circuit. Covid has forced us out of the offices and expanded our remote workforce. I had a couple questions that I can't seem to find the answers too. I am hoping that you all can help me out.
Does the Transfer Window dynamically adjust when going past the specific times in the window?
Is it possible to separate out speeds for software pushes from patches? Or have 2 windows that handle it differently for Software Pushes vs. Patching?
Can the threshold be set for specific days of the month or just days of the week?
Here is what we are running into and why i have these questions. When deploying Patches it saturates our internet circuit. So we instituted a Transfer Window. We have it set up by the hours with the tightest window 6a-6p then relaxed after hours and weekends. But our patching never finishes. We have machines that spend the entire month trying to transfer patching or in another status waiting to install. So we end up missing that months patches on some machines. We are patching 4000 machines by patch group.
It is my understanding that BMC CM is dynamic enough to pick up where it left off. If a machine changes network or shuts down and then connects to its home network, anything that was deploying or copying should pick back up where it left off. This doesn't seem to be very resilient. What I have seen is that it may take hours or days for this to occur, if it does. Is there something that i am missing or not understanding?
How dynamic is the Transfer Window and machine agent? Meaning at 6p the Transfer Window increases. If a machine is transferring at the slower rate and 6p hits, does it automatically increase to the Window? Or since it is transferring or started during the tightest window, it will remain at that speed?
We are also seeing this window affect the Software Deployment. When a self service package is requested or software is pushed to a machine it uses the same window. Can that be separated so patching uses the window but the software pushes don't? I read that there can only be 1 transfer window assigned to a machine?
I only see the Transfer windows set up Daily and hourly. Is there any other way to set the transfer windows. Like monthly? We send patches out the 4th week of the month to the workstations. It would be great to set up the window to have a tighter restriction that day or week and then relax it the following days or weeks in that month's cycle. Like at the end of the month to completely relax so the lingering machines can pick up patching.
Thanks for the insight and your time.