Can I limit Windows Bandwidth?
Posted on 2010-11-29
Hi everyone and thanks in advance for your help.
I recently had a Virtual Machine on one of my servers in a Data Center compromised because an intern disabled the firewall while doing some testing that one of our Engineers for some stupid reason decided an intern should be allowed access to a live production server.
Anyways, the server was compromised and was uploading at over 300MB/s... yeh MB/s not mb/s. So anyways the data center called me and asked me what was up... So I found the VM causing the issue, powered it down, and labeled it as infected.
One of the engineers wanted to investigate it even though he had no idea what he was doing. So I said it was ok, but he would have to view it using the VMWare server console because I was going to disable the Virtual NIC. I guess he didn't like the lag in the console so he re-enabled the NIC and figured re-enabling the firewall would fix it.
However it didn't and instead of staying under our allocated bandwidth of 20MB/s it once again spiked up to 300+ for almost a week.. We were just charged $2800 in overages... On top of our monthly bill of $600. I was luckily able to get it down to $800 through a little bit of begging and pleading.
I'm going to be implementing a switch in there eventually that I can set a certain bandwidth metric on it and configure it for bursting, but for the time being I'm curious if there is a free/open source program or way of doing this on Windows.
I just want to be able to configure the program to not allow any more than 20MB/s out of the NIC.And another thing that would be nice is that if it sustains a certain bandwidth usage for a certain amount of time it would send a notification.
Technically if there's a program that at least does the 2nd part that would work..
I've found several paid programs that would do this but no free... I don't know of a way to do this with the wimpy windows routing commands.
Hopefully I gave enough info on this for you to understand what I want.
Thanks a lot!!