We built Microsoft BranchCache into the iPXE Boot loader. Neat huh? So when the PC boots, and needs to load WinPE, it can grab a copy of that from Peers on the same subnet. Result? Boot to WinPE in seconds instead of minutes. With a resource intensive process like en-mass PXE booting, more systems on the network will share the load, ensuring a fast and effortless boot without hogging system resources from other computers or the network. iPXE Anywhere has been developed in order to streamline deployments from Windows Intune, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) as well as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007/2012/CB – you name it, we can boot from it.
No agent other than BranchCache is required on the “serving” client computers. If there is no BranchCache enabled computer with cached content, the content will be downloaded from the server and retained through the process, which sucks since it’s a bit slow, but 99.99% of the time content will be available. iPXE Anywhere works in conjunction with the “BranchCache for OSD” toolkit, giving a dynamic and easy way to integrate into your existing deployment method. It also is designed to work with the recently announced and hilariously named Stifle:R.