Systems Management Server 2003 bandwidth throttling does not completely use allocated bandwidth

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SYMPTOMS

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 bandwidth throttling for both the Remote Access Server (RAS) Sender and the Standard Sender may not use all the allocated bandwidth.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the SMS 2003 RAS Sender and the SMS Standard Sender do not account for the time that it takes to transfer each data block (block transfer time). SMS bandwidth throttling is based on "sleep time". Sleep time forces a delay between each sent data block.

For example, if the maximum available bandwidth is 40 Kbps and the Limit (% of connection bandwidth) setting for the RAS Sender or the Standard Sender is set to 75%, and the last sent block size was 120 KB, SMS uses the following formula to calculate the sleep time:
block size (KB) x (1 / limit setting) x maximum available bandwidth (Kb/s) = sleep time (seconds)

Note 1 KB = 8Kb

120 KB x (1 / .75) / 40 Kb/s = 32 seconds

This formula does not account for the block transfer time. You can use the following formula to calculate the block transfer time:
block size / maximum available bandwidth = block transfer time

120 KB / 40 Kb/s = 24 seconds

RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, install the latest service pack for Systems Management Server 2003.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
885643 How to obtain the latest Systems Management Server 2003 service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

You must have SMS 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed to apply this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
885643 How to obtain the latest Systems Management Server 2003 service pack

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Sender.dll2.50.4160.2132176,12802-Mar-200604:35x86

WORKAROUND

You can use the formulas in the "Cause" section of this article to calculate the actual bandwidth for the SMS RAS Sender and the SMS Standard Sender. You must add the data block transfer time (24 seconds) and the sleep time (32 seconds) to calculate the overall time of 56 seconds and an actual bandwidth utilization factor of 43% and not 75% as specified in the Limit (% of connection bandwidth) setting of the SMS 2003 Sender properties.

You can use the following formula to calculate the actual bandwidth utilization factor:
block size (KB) / overall time (seconds) / maximum available bandwidth (Kb/s) = actual bandwidth utilization factor

120 KB/ 56s / 40 Kb/s =
42.8%
For example, when you set the Limit (% of connection bandwidth) setting to 25%, the total time is: 24 seconds for the data block transfer time, 96 seconds for the sleep time (for an overall time of 120 seconds), and an overall bandwidth utilization of 20%.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

This problem was first corrected in Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3.

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Article ID: 830614 - Last Review: May 14, 2007 - Revision: 4.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003
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