ConfigMgr 2007: Setting up Multicast, step by step

Over on Steve Rachui’s Manageability blog he has a great write-up on how to minimize your network utilization by enabling Multicast for your OSD  image deployments.  If you’re deploying to a lot of machines at the same time then you’ll definitely want to take a look at this:


Multicasting is a new feature of R2 in SCCM and is a welcome addition to the OSD feature.  Multicast allows for image deployment with a much reduced network load.  If, for example, you are deploying a 500 MB image to 20 workstations that have just arrived from the OEM then with normal OSD imaging you would see network traffic equal to around 5 Gig!  Using multicasting would result in a significant decrease in network utilization.  Depending on the configuration, as little as about 500 MB of traffic required to deploy to a single machine!

How do you setup multicast?  Let’s walk through the configuration that is required step by step.

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J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer