Provide .torrent files for downloading IE VMs
Please provide .torrent files for the VMs in http://dev.modern.ie/tools/vms/.
You can set the current url's for the VMs as web seeds, and can assume that DHT will be sufficient for finding peers. Other than generating the torrent files when the images change, this method will not require any changes on your end. This will reduce download times for users, and increase your available server bandwidth. Because you will provide the torrent file, the file hashes will ensure that the delivered file will be even more secure and reliable than http. This seems like a win-win for yourselves and the community.
We’ve checked with our LCA department and the files need to be hosted entirely on a Microsoft property so torrents are not a viable option.
David Kaufman commented
Do the lawyers at Microsoft outrank the technologists? Your "LCA department" needs to be educated on the technical superiority -- the *increased* secuirty and integrity of the data that would be achieved by using a torrent instead of a (slow) "entirely hosted" file server. Just sayin'.
Microsoft ALWAYS has no good plans! And their idea is ALWAYS lame!
Jared Deckard commented
You don't need Microsoft's cooperation to torrent these images. It would be nice if they would host official torrent files and magnet links, but I would settle for a seedy forum post containing image mirrors that only get updated once a year.
Dmitry Dushkin commented
Download speed is about 100 Kb/sec. It will take whole work day to download win 10. Please fix it! Put it on torrent. Talk to your LCA department to fix real user use cases.
Why dose it need to be hosted entirely on a Microsoft property? You say that but don't give a reason
Michel Stüwe commented
You are distributing your Windows Updates via P2P connections. Come on, that can't be the only reason torrents won't be a viable option.
It's incredibly slow to download the [Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Stable]; 600-1000 KB/s. I like Max's idea about Torrent capability where you control the torrent file and the community contributes to the download speeds.
Might be worth reconsidering with LCA (?) if it's important to you.