10 03, 2019

When to downgrade BranchCache clients and how?

By | March 10th, 2019|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 […]

4 03, 2019

Good questions about BranchCache hashing and caching

By | March 4th, 2019|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: […]

8 02, 2019

Quick Delivery Optimization Summary

By | February 8th, 2019|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, […]

30 01, 2019

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

By | January 30th, 2019|Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache|0 Comments

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 […]

14 12, 2018

Delivery Optimization and Intune

By | December 14th, 2018|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: […]

29 10, 2018

Understanding the Benefits of Data Deduplication and BranchCache

By | October 29th, 2018|BranchCache, De-Duplication|0 Comments

Hashing algorithm

If you’re distributing content in your ConfigMgr environment, you should consider BranchCache. It’s a bandwidth optimization tool included in modern server and some versions of client operating systems. Simply put, BranchCache allows content to be copied over the wire once and cached locally for future use.

When […]

6 08, 2018

ConfigMgr Peer Cache Switches to the Fast Lane in ConfigMgr 1806

By | August 6th, 2018|Peer Cache, SCCM|3 Comments

Every now and then we like to kick the tyres of ConfigMgr Peer Cache. Each release brings new features and tweaks, and 1806 is no exception.

The Big News – Fast Channel All The Way

The major (and undocumented at the moment) shift in this release is the move to using the ‘Fast Channel’ for communicating Boundary […]

1 08, 2018

Enable LEDBAT Support for WSUS Traffic

By | August 1st, 2018|LEDBAT, SCCM|9 Comments

Well, ConfigMgr Current Branch 1806 is here and with it comes support for the Windows LEDBAT Congestion Provider (Windows Server 2016/19 only), which is really awesome news! In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, on the run from the law, or sitting at home with a tinfoil hat on, you can catch up on […]

19 06, 2018

Microsoft Configuration Manager and Express Updates Deep Dive

By | June 19th, 2018|Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache, De-Duplication, Delivery Optimization, Peer Cache, SCCM, Windows 10|3 Comments


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 […]

18 06, 2018

Avoiding BranchCache Firewall Rule Bloat

By | June 18th, 2018|BranchCache, SCCM|2 Comments

OK I’ll keep this one simple and to the point..

If you enable BranchCache via ConfigMgr Client Settings – you might end up with a TON of duplicate Firewall rules relating to BranchCache. Seems that every time you upgrade the CM Client – it creates a whole new set of BranchCache Firewall rules. This also […]