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# 77165 11-Feb-2011 16:41
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Following on from recent comments about ARP and other chatty protocols I thought some people might find this quite interesting...

Now my comment the other day was "I don't care!  Just whack a bigger link in..." and I still stand by the comment to a point.

I think the balance has to be drawn between spending time figuring out what's chatting (and the cost of that time) and just whacking a bigger pipe in.

I contend that I've spent far to much time in the past trying to squeze the last 1 and 0 out of the box to the point of being just foolish.

However the data I've collected just in the past 24 hours tends to suggest I should put some effort into better understanding my own network. 

The traffic hitting the lan interface is almost twice the traffic going out on the wan side.

Why?  Not quite sure...  some of it will be will be the WinBox software just collecting stats... but 600mb in 24 hours?

Anyway, thought I'd just throw this out there for ppl who might be interested in the subject.


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  # 438364 11-Feb-2011 17:25
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I wouldn't blame this to Windows machines, unless you have 20 or 30 of them in your network. And if you had this many you should run your own update server.

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  # 438368 11-Feb-2011 17:36
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freitasm: I wouldn't blame this to Windows machines, unless you have 20 or 30 of them in your network. And if you had this many you should run your own update server.

Mikrotik WinBox is the software that's monitoring the router, so it's sitting on a windows box looking at the router.

However thanks for that thought as well...  what's involved to run a windows update server?


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  # 439053 14-Feb-2011 00:23
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Windows Server edition running on a PC.
You can configure it to download updates related to products you tick off. eg sharepoint, exchange, xp, xp pro, xp pro 64bit, vista bla bla bla.

Then using group policy, you can specify the update server on your network that the machines should connect to.
I believe it requires active directory to run but im not entirely sure - have only set it up a few times as part of the 2008 SBS server setup wizard.

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  # 439054 14-Feb-2011 00:26
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we use microsoft systems center essentials 2010 for windows updates.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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