Limit Windows Update Bandwidth for Background Downloads in Windows 10

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a new delivery optimization setting wherein you can throttle the Windows Update background downloads. Windows 10 by default dynamically optimizes the amount of bandwidth used to download (and upload) Windows and App updates. You can see the report in the Windows Update Activity Monitor page.

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WU average download speeds for User-initiated & background downloads

You can see the bandwidth/download speed for user-initiated Windows Update download (10.4 Mbps) as well as background downloads (2.6 Mbps). It appears that Windows 10 by default uses only 25% of the total available bandwidth for background updates. If you want to further increase or decrease the bandwidth used for downloading background updates, you can set it via the Advanced Options.

Limit Bandwith for Background Windows Updates & App Updates

1. Click Start, Settings, Update & Security

2. Click Windows Update

3. Click Advanced Options

4. Click Delivery Optimization

(To view the Windows Update activity monitor, click the Activity monitor option in that page)

5. Click Advanced Options

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Limit bandwidth for background Windows updates and App updates

6. In the Advanced Options page, enable the Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background checkbox.

7. Set the bandwidth limit by moving the slider.

The bandwidth limit may be applicable for Windows Store automatic App updates as well.

Upload settings: Throttling Upload bandwidth and setting threshold

As you see in that page, you can control the “Upload” bandwidth and set a Monthly upload limit. When this threshold is reached, your system will stop uploading updates to other PCs on the Internet. Note that the “upload” settings apply if you’ve enabled Allow downloads from other PCs option in Windows Update Delivery Optimization page.

The “Allow downloads..” setting when enabled, sends parts of previously downloaded Windows updates and apps to PC on your local network or on the Internet (depending upon the option you opted for). Refer Windows Update Delivery Optimization page for more information.

Some program still eating my internet bandwidth?

When your internet is painfully slow, know that some program is eating away the bandwidth without your consent. You can fire up the native Resource Monitor utility to identify the culprit. See Which Program is Using all of Your Internet Bandwidth? Use Resource Monitor to Find it.

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Resource Monitor: Track internet usage by Apps

With Windows Update bandwidth throttling in place, most likely the culprit will not be Windows 10.



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How to enable password reset from Windows 10 login screen

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In Windows 10 1709 there is a lot of new feature – one of them is enabling of password reset from the user login promt. We all know of users that have been on a long weekend or a vacation the first think they do when they come back to work is to call the servicedesk to help reset there password. Password reset is a part of AzureAD P1, in the past the user need to go into another devices then the one where the need to login to – start a webbrowser and go to the AzureAD Password Selfservice Portal. Now Microsoft has done it a lot easier for the user, by getting a password reset link inside the login gina – all you need to do is enable it.

In this blog post I will cover how to enable it with Intune MDM, and not how to setup…

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Baseline Evaluation with Run script feature in ConfigMgr 1706

One of the new pre-realease features in ConfigMgr 1706 is the Run Script function which makes it possible to run Powershell scripts directly from the ConfigMgr console towards clients. This is a huge benefit to be able to do so because this means as long as the client is active in ConfigMgr console it will execute the script you triggered almost in real time and without going through the process of making sure that WinRM is active on the client and configuring firewall and all the other things that can be an issue when you deal with clients on different subnets, physical locations, behind different firewalls etc. As long as you have your ConfigMgr infrastructure in place and the clients are active you are all good to go.

What you could do and as I will showcase in this post is to invoke Configuration baseline evaluation on demand with the…

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ConfigMgr Technical Preview 1710 – Run script update

Last night for us Europeans there was another ConfigMgr Technical Preview release and this time its version 1710. There are many new great features indroduced to this Technical Preview and the full overview you can find over at Microsoft.

In this post I will focus on one of the things that i find the most exciting in regards to the Run Script feature which is a way to almost in real-time execute powershell scripts directly on clients.

See my other posts on this feature if you need to get up to speed on what it is and how to use it:

The Wizard

One of the big updates here is the wizard and the ability to get realtime output to show up in the wizard during execution of the script.

When executing the script you will see a green statusbar that indicates that somethings i happening…

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First look at Windows Autopilot Intune integration

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There is a new Intune release – in the Week of October 16, 2017 – there was announced Windows AutoPilot Integration – there is a preview label on the feature so this means that it is not final and are subject to change.

How does it looks like:

Inside the Intune admin portal go to Device enrollment – Windows Enrollment

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Click Create Profile

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Create profile

  1. Enter a Name – Windows AutoPilot Default Profile
  2. Join Type – Azure AD joined – this is the only join type at the moment, but with the new announcement at Ignite where it is possible to AzureAD and AD join the same device this will be subject to change
  3. Click to change the OOBE settings

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Change the setting for the OOBE experience:

  1. Privacy Settings – change to Hide
  2. EULA – change to hide – this will only work on Windows 10 1709 as Microsoft have…

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