Configuration Manager 2007 addresses are used by senders to find the site servers of destination sites. You can create several types of addresses, each of which corresponds to a different type of sender. Before you can use a particular sender to contact another site, you must create an address to that site for that sender type. For example, to contact another site through a standard sender, you must create a standard sender address to that site after creating the standard sender. To contact the site through one of the Remote Access Service (RAS) senders, you must create an appropriate RAS sender address to the site after creating the RAS sender.
Controlling Network Load
To control network load, you can schedule when Configuration Manager 2007 can use an address and the amount of network bandwidth that can be used when it sends to the address. Also, to provide increased throughput or to act as a backup if some addresses are unavailable, you can define multiple addresses to each destination site. If you define more than one address to a site, you can specify the priority for Configuration Manager 2007 to attempt to use the addresses for that site. The results pane of the Configuration Manager console lists multiple addresses to a destination site in priority order.
You can also limit the amount of data sent between sites to a fine level of precision. This allows you to specify the size of the data blocks that are sent, and also to specify a time delay between sending each data block. This is called pulse mode. Pulse mode can be configured in the properties of an address on the Rate Limits tab, and it is useful when you have a very low network bandwidth available between sites. For example, you might have constraints to send 1 KB of data every five seconds, but not 1 KB every three seconds, regardless of the speed of the link or its usage at a given time.
Configuration Manager Addresses
- Standard Sender Address
- For communication over a local area network (LAN), and over a wide area network (WAN) when routers connect multiple LANs.
- Asynchronous RAS Sender Address
- For RAS communication over an asynchronous line.
- Courier Sender Address
- For communication over a courier sender connection.
- ISDN RAS Sender Address
- For RAS communication over an ISDN line.
- SNA RAS Sender Address
- For RAS communication over a Systems Network Architecture (SNA) link.
- X25 RAS Sender Address
- For RAS communication over an X.25 line.