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 […]

Microsoft Configuration Manager and Express Updates Deep Dive

 

TL:DR Version: Windows 10 Express Updates in ConfigMgr are better than they used to be, confusing as heck sometimes, don’t always work as advertised, but may just finally be useable! This is a test of functionality in CM1802 – using BranchCache, Peer Cache and Delivery Optimization.

Here Again?

There’s been a lot of chatter recently in the […]

Using BranchCache for MP Traffic Offloading in ConfigMgr Current Branch

You should, by now, have realised that here at 2Pint we quite like the efficiency that the Microsoft Peer-to-Peer ecosystem brings to ConfigMgr Land. So it’s always nice when you find that the ConfigMgr team have added EVEN MORE P2P GOODNESS in the latest Current Branch release (which is […]

Microsoft Ignite goes Peer To Peer Crazy!

Just a couple of years ago there were ZERO sessions about Microsoft Peer to Peer tech at TechEd/Ignite. But times they are a changing 🙂

This year we are really proud to see that there are FIVE brilliant sessions around all the cool Microsoft P2P and Bandwidth Management tech. Here they are:

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Bandwidth Management in Windows using Microsoft LEDBAT++

Windows 10 (and Server 2016) now has the built-in ability to transfer content completely in the background using only unused bandwidth

How?

Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBaT) is a way to transfer data in the background quickly,  without clogging the network.
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2Pint At The Midwest Management Summit (MMSMOA) 2017

Beer, Epic Sessions and Fake News..

This is an exciting year at MMS for us, read on to find out why..

Again, with thanks to the awesome organisers of MMS, we’re honoured to be presenting the very latest demo-packed presentations in the following topics:

Return […]

Powershell BITS & BranchCache Scripts from Ignite 2016

So really behind on the blogging of things, first out is the requested scripts from Ignite 2016.

Get the binary output of a Content Identifier

How do you get the binary output from a downloaded hash using PowerShell. This works for any file and is a great ‘poor mans hex editor’

#Get the hash
Get-Content "C:\SomePath\my.ci" [...]

Peer Cache in ConfigMgr Current Branch (1610) – First Impressions

OK, time for a whistle-stop tour of the new Peer Cache feature in ConfigMgr 1610 (CB) I say new, as this is the first release to feature the P2P tech in ‘almost Production ready’ form. It did pop up in various Tech Previews, but there’s been quite a few […]