Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure

Microsoft Connected Cache in Azure (Microsoft’s answer to bandwidth issues with DO?) is the topic I will cover in this post.

All the screenshots are taken from Andy Rivas’s and Narkis Engler’s Ignite session demo. More details about the session and recording are below this post.

Ignite 2019 Coverage

  1. Microsoft Endpoint Management SCCM Intune Windows Updates
  2. Microsoft Endpoint Manager is the future of SCCM Intune MEMMI MEMCM
  3. iOS Android macOS Mobile Enrollment Options with Intune
  4. Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management
  5. WVD End User Experience Availability Updates
  6. MSIX Updates from Ignite Reliability Network Disk-space
  7. Microsoft Learning Certification Exams Updates
  8. Intune Reporting Strategies Advanced Reporting
  9. Intune Endpoint Security Policies Enhancements
  10. Intune Policy Sets Collection of Workflows
  11. Windows Autopilot Updates Timelines
  12. Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure via Intune
  13. SCCM and Microsoft Connected Cache Integration
  14. Windows 10 Bandwidth Management DO Delivery Optimization with LEDBAT in LAN

Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure

Microsoft Connected Cache is in Private preview now. The post below provides more details about the private preview and roadmap. The connected cache node instances will be on a server located in your on-prem data center.

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Connected Cache Container is a Linux container, and you can run it on:

  • Connected Cache Container Host
    • Windows Server 2019
      • Connected Cache Container
    • Linux Server Ubuntu Server 16.04
      • Connected Cache Container

NOTE 1 – You might need Azure tools (like Azure IOT Edge runtime) to securely deploy provision and manage these Microsoft-connected cache instances.

NOTE 2—Microsoft E3 and EMS A3 licenses (more details coming soon) are enabled to use Microsoft Connected cache managed in Azure.

Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.1
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.1

How Microsoft Connected Cache in Azure Works?

  1. Connected Cache Container Host
    • Connected Cache Container Instances (Linux container) deployed onto your Windows 2019 or Ubuntu 16.04
  2. Clients configured to download the content from Connected Cache
    • Configure the policies through Intune/Airwatch/Mobileiron (MDM solutions)
    • Group Policy
    • DHCP options (coming in the 2020 H1 timeline)
  3. Windows Clients request the content from the Connected Cache Container.
  4. Connected Cache Container gets the content from CDN and delivers it to the client.
  5. Once the content is available on the client’s devices, the DO peer-to-peer can be used to transfer the content between clients
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.2
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.2

IT Admin Testing Experience with Connected Cache in Azure

  • You can download an app from the Microsoft store
  • You can see the files getting stored in the Connected Cache container
  • You can use the following PowerShell commands to get more details
    • Get-DeliveryOptimizationStatus | FT
PS C:\Users\Anoop C Nair> Get-DeliveryOptimizationStatus | FT 
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.3
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.3

hitBytes missBytes egressBytes Summary

NOTE! – Microsoft Connected Cache Summary Report (shown below) refreshes every 15 secs.

Adaptiva
  • Hitters – what are Bytes the coming from the cache server
  • miss bites – what are the Bytes not there in Cache Servers that the Cache server had to go out and retrieve from Internet?
  • egressBytes – What are the Bytes coming OUT from the cache server?
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.4
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.4

Reporting Options – Microsoft Connected Cache

You can get all the reports in the Azure portal directly from your on-prem Microsoft-connected cache instance via container host connectivity.

  • Efficiency: Connected Cache Hit/Miss Ratio
  • Bytes from the connected cache
  • Connected Cache Hit/Miss Counts
  • Connected Cache Hit/Miss Bytes
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.5
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.5

Connected Cache in Azure Roadmap

  • Private preview – Reach out to msconnectedcache at microsoft com
  • Blog post details – https://aka.ms/PreviewConnectedCache
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.6
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.6

Microsoft Solutions to Endpoint Bandwidth Network Issues

Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure - Fig.7
Microsoft Connected Cache Container Instances in Azure – Fig.7

Session

Stay current while minimizing network traffic: The power of Delivery Optimization. Session Recording by Andy Rivas & Narkis Engler.

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Author

Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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