The Nomad app Overview page gives a high level view of the current status of content throughout the entire network. By default, the view will show activity and status for both Nomad and Delivery Optimization. These defaults can be modified using the Technology filter (to show Nomad or DO activity only) and the Time period filter.You can use the Nomad app, powered by the Tachyon Platform to get a visual snapshot of download activity in your environment.

The Nomad app provides visibility of content distribution activity and cache status for content distributed by both Nomad and Delivery Optimization and consists of the pages listed in this table:

Nomad pageDescription
Overview pageProvides a visual snapshot of download activity.
Content pageLists unique contents synced from Configuration Manager, including applications, packages and software updates.
Task Sequences pageLists configured task sequences.
Devices pageLists every device registered to Nomad.
Nomad Sites page Primarily designed to show how the network is being used for content distribution in different locations.
Client Health page Primarily designed to show related data from Guaranteed State 1.5: Using Guaranteed State.

The first version includes Configuration Manager content distributed with Nomad and Software Updates content distributed with either Nomad or Delivery Optimization. Future releases will include Intune and Microsoft Store content distributed with Delivery Optimization, as well as other content, such as VMWare Workspace One and 1E Tachyon content distributed with Nomad.

The Nomad app will be available after you install the Tachyon Platform and can be accessed using the Tachyon DNS Alias FQDN. For example:

https://tachyon.acme.local/Tachyon

Although not a requirement for generally using Nomad, Tachyon Platform 5.2 must be installed and available before you can use certain Nomad features.

The following Nomad features use Content Distribution and require Tachyon Platform and Tachyon features of 1E Client to be enabled:

Nomad 7.1 is the first version of Nomad to require Tachyon Platform. Earlier versions of Nomad used ActiveEfficiency to support similar features. Tachyon Platform previously included ActiveEfficiency.

The following features were provided in previous versions of Nomad:

  • 1E Client Health - now provided by the Guaranteed State feature of the Tachyon Platform
  • Nomad Dashboard - now provided by Nomad app feature of the Tachyon Platform.

These features require the full deployment of the Tachyon Platform infrastructure, including Master and Response Stacks, with optional DMZ Server for Internet based clients.

Tachyon Platform is installed using Tachyon Setup, which should also be used to install the following components, included in the Tachyon Platform download zip.

  • Nomad app - this consumer application replaces the legacy Nomad Dashboard
  • Content Distribution - this web service is required by the Nomad app, and replaces the legacy ActiveEfficiency Server.

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Explaining content versions

In Configuration Manager (CM), the content associated with a Package or Application Deployment Type may be updated by an administrator. In the case of Packages, CM increases the Package Version property, and for Application Deployment Types, CM generates a new Content ID for the Deployment Type.

The Nomad Overview page displays summarized distribution data for a selected period. The displayed data shows all downloads and download activity for all versions of content for that period. For example, if a device downloaded Package A version 1 a month ago and later downloaded version 2 of the same Package, the Overview page would reflect both downloads.

In this version it has not been possible to reflect previous versions in the Content Titles summary in the top status bar, or in the Content Titles Count by Content Type and Download Volume by Content Type tiles. These will only represent download activity for the latest version of content. This may result in apparent 'loss' of data (e.g. a reduction in the number of content titles or download volume) when content for an existing Package or Application is updated in CM, as these metrics will only include download activity for the latest version. This will be addressed in the next version of Nomad.

Other pages in the app, such as the Content page, only show the latest version of any given Content Title. Those pages concern the current state of things (e.g. where content is available) because only the latest version is usable by CM deployments. As a result, showing older versions would be misleading for users.

The overview page gives a brief snapshot of download activity. The page has multiple tiles showing:

  • Content Titles by Content type
  • Download Volume by Content Type
  • Download Count by Download Status
  • Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source (UTC)
  • P2P Efficiency by Content Source (Peer to Peer - P2P).

The results can further be narrowed down by using the Technology and Time period filters on the page.

Dashboard overview

Navigation and Filtering

By default, the view shows activity and status for all time and will show activity and status for both Nomad and Delivery Optimization. These defaults can be modified using the Technology filter and the Time period filter.

Each content tile can be expanded using the Expand button on the top right-hand corner of each tile.

Time period filter

Using the Time period filter at the top of the page you can narrow down the results by date. You can choose from the following options:

  • Last 90 days (Default)
  • Last 30 days 
  • Last 7 days.
If these filters are applied to any app page, it is reflected on all other pages in the Nomad App.

Filter by date

Technology filter

You can use the Technology filter to differentiate between downloads through Nomad or Delivery Optimization (DO).

The following options are available:

  • Nomad & Do (Default)
  • Nomad 
  • DO.

If this filter is applied to any app page, it is reflected on all other pages in the Nomad App.

Technology filter

Top status bar

The status bar along the top of the page shows high-level statistics for the currently selected Technology (Nomad or DO) and Time period. The bar is shown on the Overview page and includes four icons, Downloads, Devices, Content Titles and Failed Downloads.

Top navigation bar

ItemDescriptionIcon
Downloads

Downloads reflect the total number of content downloads. This includes both Delivery Optimization (DO) and Nomad downloads. The results can be filtered on the Time period and Technology filters and display the total number of downloads of any version of content that occurred in the selected period. A download counts as any download activity for a given Content Title on a given device.

For example, if there are 10 content titles downloaded by 50 devices, the total count of download instances would be 500. For CM Applications, each Application Deployment Type counts as a separate Content Title.

Clicking on this icon navigates to the Content page filtered to show Content Titles reporting download activity within the selected Time period.

Downloads icon

Devices

Displays the total number of devices that have reported download activity for any content version in the selected Time period, including:

  • Packages
  • Applications
  • Updates from Configuration Manager.

Clicking this icon navigates to the Devices view, filtered to show devices where download activity was reported within the selected Time period.

Devices icon

Content Titles

Displays the total number of unique Content Titles where download activity of the latest version of the content title is reported in the selected Time period. For CM content, a Content Title is a single Application or Package.

Clicking on this icon navigates to the Content view filtered to show the Content Titles that have reported download activity within the selected Time period.

Applications in CM may have many Deployment Types. This summary counts an Application as a single Content Title. When viewing the Content view, Content Titles for CM Applications are further identified with the Deployment Type that was downloaded.

So, the total number of Content Titles identified on the top status bar may be lower than the corresponding list of Content Titles on the Content page. This is because the Content page reports download activity for individual Deployment Types of CM Applications.

Content Titles icon

Failed Downloads

Indicates any uncorrected download failures within the selected Time period. The icon displays as blue if there are no failures and changes to red if there are failures.

A download counts as failed on a device if the latest status reported by that device for that content title (regardless of content version) was Failed. A failed download that's retried and succeeds is not shown as a failure. 

Clicking on this icon navigates to the Content view filtered to show Content Titles that have failed to download on one or more devices within the selected Time period.

Download activity and Configuration Manager data synchronization

The Nomad client uses Events (a feature of the Tachyon Platform) to update the Nomad app with the latest status of a download. Events are currently not processed and represented in the app unless the Content Title is known, except for these tiles:

  • Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source (UTC)
  • P2P Efficiency by Content Source.

Events generated for Nomad downloads (i.e. CM Applications, Packages and Software Updates downloaded by Nomad) only identify the content ID, not the content title. The content title is determined through the CM sync that Content Distribution performs periodically. By default, this runs every 30 minutes, and is configured in the following location on your Tachyon Platform server:

C:\Program Files\1E\ContentDistribution\Web\WebService\AppSettings.json

The CM Sync currently synchronizes the following Content Titles:

  • Content for which there have been any download events
  • Reference content in any Task Sequence
  • Content for which a pre-cache job has been created.

This means that in many cases, events for new CM deployments will not be represented in the app until the first CM sync after the first events for that content are reported.

Events generated for software updates downloaded by DO include the Content Title in the event as this is determined at the client. These events are represented immediately in the Nomad app.

No Failed downloads

Failed icon

Content tiles

Content tiles display statistics for content download activity in the following panes:

  • Content Titles Count by Content Type
  • Download Volume by Content Type
  • Download Count by Download Status
  • P2P Efficiency by Content Source
  • Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source UTC.

Each content tile can be expanded using the Expand button on the top right-hand corner of each tile.

Content tiles

Tile expand button

Content Titles Count by Content Type

The Content Title Count by Content Type tile shows the total number of unique Content Titles for where there is download activity reported for the latest version of the content within the selected Time period.

The data is grouped by Content Type and displayed as a donut chart. The app currently reports on two Content Types:

  • Endpoint Manager - CM applications and packages that are not delivered by DO
  • Software Update -  includes any Microsoft Software Updates deployed through CM or Windows Update .

Applications in CM may have multiple Deployment Types. This tile counts an Application as a single Content Title. When viewing the Content view, Content Titles for CM Applications are further identified with the Deployment Type that was downloaded.

As a result, the total number of Content Titles identified on the top status bar may be lower than the corresponding list of Content Titles on the Content page (which reports download activity for individual Deployment Types of CM Applications).

Hovering over a Content Type segment of the chart displays the count of Content Titles of that type, also represented as a percentage of all Content Titles.

Clicking on a Content Type segment of the chart will navigate to the Content view, filtered to show related Content Titles.

Content Titles Count by Content Type

Download Volume by Content Type

The Download Volume by Content Type tile shows the cumulative volume of content of the latest version of content downloaded by all devices within the selected Time period. The data is grouped by Content Type and displayed as a donut chart.

The chart enables you to see the effect that different types of content have on your network, in terms of the volume of data associated with them. It  shows the percentage of packages and software updates by volume for:

  • Endpoint Manager - CM applications and packages that are not delivered by DO
  • Software Update - c ontent that can be delivered by Nomad, or DO if you're using Windows Update directly.

For example, if a single content title is 100MB and it is downloaded by 100 devices, the cumulative Download Volume reported for that particular Content Title would be 10,000MB. The chart shows the cumulative volume for all Content Titles on all devices, grouped by Content Type

Hovering over a Content Type segment of the chart displays the total volume of downloaded content of that type. This is also shown as a percentage of total volume of downloaded content.

Clicking on a Content Type segment of the chart navigates to the Content view, filtered to show Content Titles of the selected segment.

Download Volume by Content Type

Download Count by Download Status

The Download Count by Download Status tile shows the status of download activity within the selected Time period, displayed as a bar chart by:

StatusDescription
Downloading Number of downloads currently in progress, where a download has been reported as started but has not yet reported complete, failed or cancelled.
Cancelled Number of downloads whose last reported status was Cancelled, downloads may be cancelled by the user, or by the system, for example if the system is shut down or higher priority downloads are queued.
Downloaded

Number of successful downloads, if the downloaded content is still cached on a given device, it’s represented by the dark green part of the Downloaded bar labelled (Downloaded (Cached) when you hover over it.

If the downloaded content was subsequently deleted from the cache on a given device, it’s represented in the light green part of the Downloaded bar labelled (Downloaded (Deleted) when you hover over it.

Failed Number of downloads whose last reported status was Failed.

Hovering over any of the bars displays the number of downloads in the selected download state.

Clicking on any of the bars navigates to the Content view, filtered to include Content Titles where one or more devices is in the selected download state.

Download Count by Download Status

Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source (UTC)

The Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source (UTC) tile represents daily download activity throughout the entire network during the selected Time period.

A column is displayed for each day when there was download activity. Each column indicates the volume of content downloaded over the WAN (in orange) or from peers (in grey). Hovering over a segment of the column will display the volume of content downloaded on that day.

This view demonstrates the value that Nomad and Delivery Optimization are providing through reduced WAN traffic. If the majority of content is being downloaded over the WAN, it could indicate that peers are simply not available (e.g. users working from home) or it could be an indication that Nomad or Delivery Optimization are not correctly configured to optimize content from peers.

The columns on this chart are not clickable, they are for data visualization only and do not navigate to another view of the data.

This chart only displays content that was downloaded over the network either from a peer or from the source (e.g. a CM Distribution Point), if a device:

  • Requests content that is already in its cache, it will not be represented in this chart
  • Only has some content in its cache and downloads the remainder of the content from peers or the source, the content that was downloaded will be shown.

Bandwidth Usage Per Day by Content Source UTC

P2P Efficiency by Content Source

The P2P Efficiency by Content Source tile represents the overall peer-to-peer efficiency across the entire network during the selected Time period.

The data is grouped by source (Peers and WAN) and displayed as a donut chart showing the volume of content downloaded from peers (in grey) and from the source over the WAN (in orange). This gives an indication of the overall value of Nomad and Delivery Optimization across your organization.

Ideally, more content will be downloaded from peers than from the source over the WAN, which saves network bandwidth. Where this is not the case, it could be due to many users working remotely without any local peers, or it could be due to configuration settings on the client that are not optimized for peer-to-peer caching and availability.

This chart is not clickable, it is summary data visualization only and does not navigate to another view of the data. 

In this chart, the volume of content downloaded from peers includes any content requested by a device during the selected Time period and was already in the cache at the time (i.e. 'already cached' is represented as content obtained from a peer). If the content was downloaded from a peer or over the WAN during the selected Time period, it will be represented accordingly.

P2P Efficiency by Content Source