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Introduction

 
BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

BranchCache Overview

BranchCache Overview, which is a topic in the BranchCache Design Guide, provides evaluation information about BranchCache, such as which operating systems support specific BranchCache features, BranchCache mode information, and the functionality provided by individual aspects of BranchCache.

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  • Available in HTML format in the Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 Technical Library: BranchCache Overview.

BranchCache Design Guide

This design guide provides information about BranchCache in both distributed cache mode and hosted cache mode that assists you in determining the best way to deploy BranchCache on your network.

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BranchCache Deployment Guide

This deployment guide provides instructions on deploying BranchCache in both distributed cache mode and hosted cache mode, and allows you to deploy Hypertext Transfer protocol (HTTP), Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), and Server Message Block (SMB)-based content servers that are Web servers, application servers, and file servers, respectively.

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Available in HTML format in the Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 Technical Library: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=166639

BranchCache Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate Distributed Cache Mode in a Test Lab

This step-by-step guide provides instructions on how to deploy BranchCache in distributed cache mode in a test lab environment. To perform the steps in this guide, you need one computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and three computers that are running either Windows® 7 Enterprise or Windows® 7 Ultimate.

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BranchCache Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate Hosted Cache Mode in a Test Lab

This step-by-step guide provides instructions on how to deploy BranchCache in hosted cache mode in a test lab environment. To perform the steps in this guide, you need two computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 and two computers that are running either Windows® 7 Enterprise or Windows® 7 Ultimate.

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BranchCache Migration Guide

The BranchCache Migration Guide demonstrates how to migrate a server that is using BranchCache capabilities to another computer running Windows Server 2008 R2. Migration involves moving current BranchCache content, content identifiers, and registry settings from a source server to a destination server.

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BranchCache Settings

BranchCache Settings provides an overview of different BranchCache Group Policy, Local Computer Policy, and other settings that you can configure when deploying the technology.

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BranchCache Troubleshooting

BranchCache Troubleshooting provides information on how to verify and troubleshoot BranchCache functionality.

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Network Shell (Netsh) Commands for BranchCache

You can use commands in the Netsh BranchCache context to configure all aspects of BranchCache, including client and server components.

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  • Available in HTML format in the Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference in the Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 Technical Library: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=156640.
  • Available at the netsh branchcache prompt in versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 that support BranchCache.

BranchCache Security Guide

This document provides guidance to help organizations understand and manage the security of the Microsoft® BranchCache™ feature introduced in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7.

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Available in Word format at the Microsoft Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164447