Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool: Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor


The Bandwidth Policy
Service Monitor tool, which is part of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource
Kit, allows administrators visibility into the state of each of the Microsoft Lync
Server 2010 communications software Bandwidth Policy services that are defined
in the topology. In addition, administrators can see real-time bandwidth usage
for all the links that are defined in the Network configuration document. You
can download this tool and other Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tools
from the Download
Center
.

Author: Rahul Indurkar

Publication date: February 2011

Product version: Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Introduction

The Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool is intended to
allow administrators to view a list of the following:

1.      
All the configured Lync Server 2010 Bandwidth
Policy services (Authentication and Core) in the topology

2.      
The connections that each service makes to other
Bandwidth Policy services and to the Edge servers

3.      
All the links that are configured in the Network
configuration document and real-time bandwidth usage as reported by each of the
Bandwidth Policy services

You can download this tool and other Microsoft Lync Server
2010 Resource Kit Tools from the Download Center.

Description

The Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool is implemented as
a GUI-based application. Start the tool by running PDPMonUI.exe in the
installation directory. The executable takes no command-line arguments.

When the tool starts, it attempts to discover the list of
Bandwidth Policy services in the topology. After the initial update is done,
the pane to the left of the window has a list of services that are grouped by
the clusters they belong to.

When administrators select a particular Bandwidth Policy
Service, the pane on the right displays the information about that particular
service. That pane also has two main tabs that display information.

Machine Info Tab

The Machine Info tab
shows the details of the Bandwidth Policy Service that is selected and the list
and state of all the connections that are made by the selected Bandwidth Policy
Service to other services.

Topology Info Tab

The Topology Info
tab shows a list of all the links that are configured in the Network
configuration settings. For each link, the audio and video bandwidth capacity
is displayed. Additionally, the currently utilized bandwidth is displayed, both
in Kbps and as a percentage of the capacity. The tool uses color-coding to
highlight links that have utilization that is close to the capacity-this allows
administrators to quickly isolate such links.

Note   If the
Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool experiences failure when it connects to
any of the configured Bandwidth Policy services, the information in the Machine Info and the Topology Info tabs won’t be populated.
However, it is possible that the tool might connect initially but subsequently
lose its connection to the service. In such cases, administrators might see outdated
information. There is a Last Updated
time stamp on each of the tabs that can allow administrators to see when the
data was last updated for a particular Bandwidth Policy Service.

Output

There is no command-line output; the program output is
contained within the main GUI.

Purpose

The purpose of the Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool is
to allow administrators visibility into the state of each of the Bandwidth
Policy services that are defined in the topology. In addition, administrators
can see real-time bandwidth usage for all the links that are defined in the
Network configuration document. For more information, see the “Description”
section of this article.

Requirements

The Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool needs to be run on
a computer that is part of the Lync Server topology.

Summary

The Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor tool can be a valuable
resource to administrators so they can inspect the state of all the Bandwidth
Policy services in the topology-and more importantly-they can obtain real-time
bandwidth utilization for the links that are defined in the Network
configuration settings.

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Comments (1)

  1. Doug Reid says:

    Hi there,

    I work for a government organization and we are stuck under an old contract that really limits our bandwidth provided.  We currently have OCS 2007 R2 in production but using Live Meeting 2007 has been a tough sell because the client experience has been mixed due to the bandwidth contraints.  Upper management has instructed us to take a look at the newer Lync 2010 release and see if upgrading can provide us with a better tool set and allow us to have greater bandwidth controls from our own servers.  Is there a way in Lync 2010 to control stuff like the amount of conferences that can happen at any given time?  We have been using a Sharepoint calendar that people check against to see if there are any other meetings already scheduled or in progress but it is just an honor system and if a bunch of users have one off conferences of their own it really degrades the quality for all others.  

    Thanks,

    Doug