Setting up Qos on Riverbed SteelHead 550 environment

Recently we relocated a few Riverbed appliance around to different branch offices & purchased a new device for our DC. All of them are SteelHead 550's
I have never really reviewed the configs of all the devices in detail before, but I have since found a mish-mash of basic & advanced Qos rules. I have also found that the Qos rules on the branch devices are different.

I think it might be best to start from scratch and setup the rules again. Just after a few tips on best practices & how to configure Qos & routing on the DC appliance as appose to the branch office appliances?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Do you do QoS marking and classification on the network already, outside of the Riverbed? I have my Cisco routers marking QoS traffic, which makes it easier on the SteelHead since all I need to do it gather up the traffic with the various DSCP codes into traffic classes, and then give each traffic class a minimum and maximum percent.

Very good practice it to use advanced QoS only for outbound traffic, and to not give any traffic class 100%. I have found that giving a traffic class up to 100% of the network can cause other traffic to really suffer.

I use inbound QoS when there is a traffic type that might be overwhelming the connection and I really want to throttle it back a bit.

Once you have QoS set on one appliance, it is easy to copy and paste the configuration using the CLI.

For branches, I start with the same basic rule set as I do with the datacenter SteelHeads, and then make adjustments as I find it necessary.

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HowzattAuthor Commented:
Much appreciated.
I have since discovered that there is QoS on our routers.
If that is the case, should I just disable QoS on the Riverbeds?
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