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 […]

Avoiding BranchCache Firewall Rule Bloat

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 […]

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

ConfigMgr Peer Cache Resource Thresholds

A common question that we get when people start out on their P2P journey, are concerns around ‘overloading’ the clients that are serving up the content. What if you only have a single client with the content and then another 100 machines all request it at once? BranchCache has […]

By | May 25th, 2018|BranchCache, Peer Cache, SCCM|0 Comments

BranchCache ‘Always On’ Mode in ConfigMgr 1802

 Microsoft ConfigMgr shiny new CB releases – dontcha just love ’em! This month’s release (1802) contained a TON of exciting new features and improvements – but here at 2Pint we like to hack away under the hood and see just what else those cheeky CM devs have been up to.
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By | February 19th, 2018|BranchCache, SCCM|0 Comments

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 […]

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