Cisco 887VA VDSL2 throughput

I recently migrated ISP from an ADSL2+ to a VDSL2 connection, providing “up to” 80Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream. Under ADSL2+ (Annex-A) with interleaving on and fastpath off, results from various “speed test” websites would show around 15mbps Down, 1mbps up. The pre-migration controller information is as follows:

                  DS Channel1     DS Channel0   US Channel1       US Channel0
Speed (kbps):             0            19228             0              1235

As I started looking into the capabilities of my 887VA, I discovered that the routing performance is listed as 25.6Mbps (According to the Cisco routing performance product sheet). I had seen blogs discuss the negotiated max attainable rate, but not the throughput people have been getting.
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BSA Licensing Audits

Following on from my post about Microsoft Licensing Options, I thought it prudent to cover what may happen if your licensing isn’t in order and you end up getting audited. The BSA (Business Software Alliance) represent many vendors, not just Microsoft so are the most likely ones to be involved with an audit.

Regardless of how up to date your licensing is, it’s possible for the BSA to audit you if they suspect you’re not compliant. This can be down to a number of reasons but most commonly boils down to an ex-employee informing them that your software licensing doesn’t add up. They do require credible information though, so an angry ex-employee with unfounded accusations probably isn’t going to get very far.
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Microsoft Licensing Options

In this post I’m going to talk about Microsoft licensing. I’ll try and cover the various options and why one model may suit you more than another. The information provided by Microsoft licensing “specialists” can be confusing and contradictory. That’s not to say mine wont be, so make sure you seek advise from a trusted independent source.
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