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Tsk tsk, Microsoft!

by Thunderbuck / November 19, 2006 10:07 PM PST

I do some Windows development work, and have a subscription to the Microsoft Developer's Network (MSDN). A nice perk of having this subscription is getting the chance to download almost everything Microsoft makes for evaluation and testing purposes.

Last week, MSDN announced that the Vista RTM would be released for download on Nov. 17. I was out of town that day, but on the 18th I gleefully sat down to my computer to download the RTM, only to find that my account had "expired"(!) Since I'd just renewed my account a couple of months before, this seemed unlikely, but there seems to be a mildly sinister explaination...

I posted to an MSDN community newsgroup with my problem, and got replies from several other subscribers who had the same problem. It seems that the MSDN servers have been inundated with download requests--at one point crashing that entire section of the Microsoft site--and it looks like they've disabled some accounts in the hope of saving some bandwidth.

Needless to say, I'm not impressed Sad

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Microsoft should allow bittorrent
by Owyn / November 19, 2006 10:17 PM PST
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Nice thing about hot Linux distros is that they are very quickly heavily seeded on release. The hotter the better, I usually see 300-400KBs, and as a matter of courtesy leave the seed up until my ratio hits 1.5.

One of the downsides of Microsoft protecting their product is that they can't use this type of automatically scaling distribution network.

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by somu_a / November 19, 2006 10:32 PM PST
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They can do what Blizzard did with WOW patch delivery system if they do not want to use private tracker and torrent files. They can still control and monitor all the downloads since they are using a customized bit torrent application with the torrent hard coded.

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Well, they fixed it...
by Thunderbuck / November 20, 2006 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: Tsk tsk, Microsoft!

Alright, I'll give MS credit. They did fix my MSDN account after a 10 minute call to support (I HATE calling support). Even so, it did leave me out of action over the weekend, and I still have a suspicion that they deliberately disabled some accounts to reduce the potential load.

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