Chris Henley is a fun and energetic representative of Microsoft. He works on the Developer Platform Evangelist team at Microsoft as an IT Professional Evangelist in the western region and is the co-author of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference from Sybex press. Chris is a regular speaker and presenter at user groups, Technet events, and major conferences around the US.
He has extensive experience in the world of computer networks. He is passionate about the way that technology helps people. He has an entertaining and insightful style of communicating technical information and of making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is an expert in server architecture and network design. He loves to push the envelope of what we think about computers, and what software can do. Chris spends his spare time playing XBOX360 with his wife and kids, fly fishing, camping, hiking, and searching for the best chocolate cake on planet earth.
We all wish we could control the network usage patterns of our networks. Imagine if you could specify which computers could use 10MBsec of a gigabit Ethernet network, and which could use 1MBsec. Even better would be to be able to set aside or prioritize bandwidth to allocate it to necessary applications.
All of these can be accomplished today. Many with little difficulty. Windows Server 2008 offers Quality of Service Settings that can be implemented using group policy. This is such a nice improvement to Windows Server. This short video segment will showcase how the group policy settings can be made.
Windows Server 2008 Quality of Service Settings
There is also a great article from the cable guy about the architecture of QOS in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. You can read it here.
Finally if you really want to get the technical details behind QOS then the white paper here is for you.
Quality of Service settings using Group Policy can be a huge benefit to your network. Have fun with these resources and enjoy QOS.