10 09, 2020

5 Things You’ll Love about BCMon

By | September 10th, 2020|Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache, Free|0 Comments

Did you know that it is possible to view your BranchCache traffic and performance in real-time and even interact with it? Without a doubt BranchCache is a superior technology. Unfortunately, you cannot glean a lot of information about what it’s doing on your network out of the box. You would need to know where to […]

29 06, 2020

BCMon 1.3

By | June 29th, 2020|Automation, BranchCache, Free|0 Comments

Release, get your version here: https://2pintsoftware.com/products/branchcache-monitor/ 

This tool supports several new command line options, listed below is the full list of switches:
Query BranchCache service status :
        BCMon.exe /Status
Query BranchCache availability from local CI file :
        BCMon.exe /QueryV2CI <path>
BCMon.exe /QueryV1CI <path>
You can use /DownloadCIFrom… to download a CI.
Query/Request/Inject data into BranchCache to test communication between clients.

8 06, 2020

Quick Delivery Optimization Summary

By | June 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Not so long ago, one of our Pints (Andreas) presented at Techdays and covered P2P tech in a scintillating session which you can find on Youtube. This post will summarize what was discussed about Delivery Optimization, hereby referred to as DO. Who doesn’t love some DO on a Friday in February?

What is DO, […]

1 06, 2020

When to downgrade BranchCache clients and how?

By | June 1st, 2020|Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache, Windows 10, WinPE|0 Comments

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 […]

1 06, 2020

Good questions about BranchCache hashing and caching

By | June 1st, 2020|Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache, De-Duplication, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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: […]

1 06, 2020

Delivery Optimization and Intune

By | June 1st, 2020|Delivery Optimization, Intune|0 Comments

Intune finally has a Delivery Optimization device config profile. Before you go turning on any configurations, you need to know what you should set. First, pick the right download mode. We’ve already discussed this on the blog, but here’s a refresher in case you don’t like clicking.

Not configured: not being managed.

HTTP only, no peering: […]

15 05, 2020

Troubleshooting BranchCache For ConfigMgr Environments

By | May 15th, 2020|BranchCache|0 Comments

Troubleshooting BranchCache For ConfigMgr Environments

Here follows a few techniques you can use to troubleshoot, and verify, BranchCache functionality in a ConfigMgr environment.

But, lets start with a quick setup checklist for BranchCache, and then dive deeper:

BranchCache Setup Checklist

  1. Make sure WS-Discovery is allowed on the network
  2. Make sure that […]
23 12, 2019

Testing Multiple Subnets for BranchCache support

By | December 23rd, 2019|BranchCache, ConfigMas|0 Comments

Testing Multiple Subnets for BranchCache support

This post is for testing if your network is correctly configured for BranchCache. Now, if you are already using our StifleR product, it’s agent already does that for you. So this post is for you who just want to get BranchCache operational using nothing but ConfigMgr and a bit of […]

21 12, 2019

Planning for BranchCache

By | December 21st, 2019|BranchCache, ConfigMas, Free|0 Comments

In a ConfigMgr environment, when planning on removing remote distribution and replace them with BranchCache, there are quite many things to consider. For example, not all networks are suitable for the default BranchCache settings, and some networks are downright being blocked for it. To make things worse, it’s often you, the ConfigMgr admin, that have […]

20 12, 2019

The 12 BranchCache tips of ConfigMas

By | December 20th, 2019|BranchCache, ConfigMas, De-Duplication, Free, Windows 10|0 Comments

The 12 BranchCache tips of ConfigMas

  1. Enable data deduplication on your content library. Dedup precalculates the hash (no hash = no P2P). Also means that you’ll get dedup savings over the wire because you’re using the dedup hash algorithm BEFORE P2P kicks in (you’re transferring already deduped content). If you distribute content from a deduped […]