Planning for BranchCache

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 […]

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

The 12 BranchCache tips of ConfigMas

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

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