Summary

If you installed the Download Monitor in basic mode, you will only see progress bars in the UI – useful for those who only need to see the status of the downloads. If you installed it in advanced mode, you will see an extended UI – useful for administrators to troubleshooting downloads as they can connect to remote machines to view the status of the downloads and provided they have sufficient Remote Activation DCOM permissions, By default, the Download Monitor connects to the local machine.

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During a download, the NomadBranch dialog provides feedback on its activities, lets you manage the impact of the download on the network link and gives you the opportunity to pause, resume or cancel it. Feedback and actions in this dialog are:

  • Package ID – the name of the download package. In this example, it is CE200022-1.
  • Cached files – the cached files progress bar shows the percentage of the total number of files in the package that have been downloaded. In this example, approximately a sixth of the files in the package have been downloaded. The figures at the end of the progress bar show this is exactly 3 files out of 18.
  • Cached bytes – the cached bytes progress bar shows the percentage of the total number of bytes in the package that have been downloaded. In this example, approximately a fifth of the total package has been downloaded. The figures at the end of the progress bar show this is exactly 27 MB out of 126 MB.
  • Source location – this field identifies the source of the download. In this example, the CE20022 package is being downloaded from the SCCM2 DP from the share SMSPKGC$.
  • Work rate – the work rate slider determines the percentage of available bandwidth to use for the download. The default work rate is 80%. For example, if you drag the slider all the way to the left (1%), it improves network availability as Nomad uses only 1% of the available bandwidth but the drawback is that it increases the duration of the download. You can define intra-day work rates for the client to maximize the use of available bandwidth over the course of a day. Work rates only applies to transfers from a DP not to P2P transfers within a LAN, hence, it does not apply to SSD downloads.

  • Pause Job – pauses a download in the queue or resumes it
  • Cancel Job – cancels a download in the queue

Connecting to a remote machine

You can only connect to a remote machine if the Download Monitor on the client you are using has been installed in advanced mode – if it was installed in basic mode, you can alter its behavior.

To connect to a remote machine:

  1. On the system tray, double-click the Download monitor icon.
  2. In the Nomad Branch dialog, click Connect and choose Remote.
  3. In the Remote Machine dialog, type the name of the machine you want to connect to. Alternatively, you can use its IP address.
  4. Click OK.

Identifying the download to be monitored

It is possible to kick off a standalone download from the File/Download menu. You must specify the parameters listed below in the dialog. We do not anticipate this feature being used in any scenario other than by an Administrator during software evaluation or for trouble shooting purposes.

  • Location – the directory where the file is to be downloaded to. Click the Browse button to choose a location.
  • Identifier – the unique package ID for the download.
  • Version – the version for the package to be downloaded.