About Andreas Hammarskjöld

During his 20 year career in desktop deployment he has become a leading expert in designing and implementing Microsoft based system management solutions. He has been responsible for deploying an impressive 1.2 million desktops at a wide range of organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, he has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about BranchCache and making networks go faster.

When to downgrade BranchCache clients and how?

The other day I was asked to clarify when to use which of the two hashing versions in BranchCache, so thought I would write it all down in one place for future reference.

To give a bit of background. BranchCache comes in two version; V1 that came with Windows 7/Vista and V2 that came with Windows […]

Good questions about BranchCache hashing and caching

So over the weekend, there were some good questions from my coworker Ami’s husband, so I thought I would publish them in a kinda FAQ/rant way, hoping that it will benefit more people to understand the inner workings of BranchCache and how it integrates with file de-duplication that was incorporated in Windows Server 2012. Enjoy.

Question: […]

Peer-to-peer’s big brother: Peer-to-Server & Server-to-Peer (P2S2P) aka MS-PCHC

So recently there was a Twitter discussion that sparked my interest, it was about a very common scenario that we have been discussing with our customers over the last few years. The scenario is the following: 

Customer with a large (or small) number of remote offices with SCCM Distribution Points in them currently. 

They are […]

2Pint Software and CTGlobal are going to visualize the entire IT infrastructure!

Visualization is the key to providing better insight into a company’s IT infrastructure, thus leading to a more efficient business focusing on flexibility and better security.

2Pint Software has partnered with CTGlobal that ensures integration between the software solutions of the companies. The partnership will also give 2Pint Software customers access to the best technical resources […]

By | May 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

iPXE troubleshooting session #2 debrief

iPXE troubleshooting session #2 debrief

Just finished up a two day troubleshooting session in Cambridge. Awesome as always! So what did we fixes where we aiming to sort out this time:

  1. NTLM only using local names and not being able to use DOMAIN for authentication.
  2. iPXE issues with USB devices – causing random lockups/resets of the […]
By | February 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Teredo and why is it in my Delivery Optimization soup?

So what has Delivery Optimization to do with Teredo?

Unlike technologies such as BranchCache which utilizes multicast messages with a TTL of 1 to find machines with requested data, Delivery Optimization contacts a cloud service for a list of peers. This service uses HTTPS to *.do.dsp.mp.microsoft.com (communication to this service has to be allowed outbound to […]

By | October 25th, 2017|Delivery Optimization|0 Comments

Deep Dive: How does Windows 10 BranchCache Auto Shrink Work?

Can I have the Cache and eat it too?

A cool addition to BranchCache in Windows 10 is auto shrinking of the BranchCache data cache if required. It addresses a common issue when deploying BranchCache – that of Cache size. Previously you could assign the BranchCache Cache as a percentage of disk, or as an absolute […]

By | October 24th, 2017|BranchCache|0 Comments

BranchCache Capabilites

Some third party companies spend a lot of time badmouthing Microsoft’s peer-to-peer technologies and highlight their own. I wonder what would be in their interest to do so? Hmmm…

Anyhow, the purpose of this blog post is to provide the reader with a more correct review of the performance and capabilities of the Microsoft BranchCache™ than […]

By | October 4th, 2017|BranchCache|0 Comments

Changes to iPXE

What can be achieved in two days? Quite a lot…

On the way back from London after spending some time with lead iPXE developer Michael Brown in Cambridge and then meeting up with people at the 2Pint London Office. In Cambridge we did some amazing work at troubleshooting some issues that we have been dealing with. […]

By | September 6th, 2017|BranchCache, iPXE, UEFI|0 Comments