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  • I work for an organization with about 12,000 clients/servers and we are starting the process of migrating from SMP/Altiris to SCCM 2012 R2. We have a lot of sites with 7 Mbps connections and about 30-50 clients at each of those sites, the rest vary greatly.

    Our general guidelines with SMP/Altiris have been any site that hosts OS deployment gets a package server. Any site with a 1 Gbps or higher link generally doesn't need a package server, but anything with less then 1 Gbps generally has a package server.

    I've been reading a lot on BrancheCache and some of the big benefits there. I'd say my overall desire is to shrink our footprint, so I am curious what other people had for recommendations. I know site utilization can vary by high degrees, and I understand that what may work at your site, with your services/infrastructure may not work for ours. I am just looking to see if people are utilizing BrancheCache and have had good luck, and if they have had good luck not utilizing DPs at a lot of remote sites.

    We will utilizing software deployment, updates, etc. Thanks.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 5:55 PM

Answers

  • Not many organizations use BranchCache since it is a black box and requires Win 7/8 Enterprise on the clients. It's also overshadowed by the third-party alternate content providers so folks that would be candidates for using it had already implemented something else that didn't have the Win 7/8 Ent restriction and wasn't a black box. Another limitation is that BracheCache does not work in WinPE (although this was recently released: http://ccmexec.com/2014/10/2pint-software-branchcache-for-osd-toolkit/ ).

    Having said that, I do know of a larger (35,000+) seat customer using BrancheCache and they are very happy with it.

    I would say pilot it to see how it works in your org -- it is free afterall. If you have issues or it does not meet your expectations but you want to continue down the reduced infrastructure road, talk to the ACP providers.


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    • Proposed as answer by Joyce L Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:24 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joyce L Friday, November 7, 2014 7:34 AM
    Friday, October 31, 2014 6:38 PM
  • Hi, Dont think anyone know's BranchCache better than us at the moment. Having said that, its hard for us to answer very generic questions, but I will give it a shot. If you want more info have a look at our FAQ here first and then I am happy to respone more: http://2pintsoftware.com/2psfaqs

    Is 30-50 clients an issue for BranchCache: No, we do our general testing with about 50 clients, works great. Can you use more than 50 clients: Yes.

    Does BranchCache require any specific network speed? No, not really, but it obviously takes longer to get the content down the slower it is. We do most bandwidth simulations on links between 512Kb/s to 5Mb/s.

    Has a lot of people deployed BranchCache? No, since it hasnt worked for Task Sequences on Pro machines and for OSD, until now as Jason points out. Will it change, yeah well we wouldnt found a company promoting it if we didnt believe in it. ;-)

    //Andreas

    Proud Co-Founder of 2Pint Software

    http://2pintsoftware.com

    • Proposed as answer by Joyce L Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:24 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joyce L Friday, November 7, 2014 7:34 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:53 PM

All replies

  • Not many organizations use BranchCache since it is a black box and requires Win 7/8 Enterprise on the clients. It's also overshadowed by the third-party alternate content providers so folks that would be candidates for using it had already implemented something else that didn't have the Win 7/8 Ent restriction and wasn't a black box. Another limitation is that BracheCache does not work in WinPE (although this was recently released: http://ccmexec.com/2014/10/2pint-software-branchcache-for-osd-toolkit/ ).

    Having said that, I do know of a larger (35,000+) seat customer using BrancheCache and they are very happy with it.

    I would say pilot it to see how it works in your org -- it is free afterall. If you have issues or it does not meet your expectations but you want to continue down the reduced infrastructure road, talk to the ACP providers.


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    • Proposed as answer by Joyce L Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:24 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joyce L Friday, November 7, 2014 7:34 AM
    Friday, October 31, 2014 6:38 PM
  • Hi, Dont think anyone know's BranchCache better than us at the moment. Having said that, its hard for us to answer very generic questions, but I will give it a shot. If you want more info have a look at our FAQ here first and then I am happy to respone more: http://2pintsoftware.com/2psfaqs

    Is 30-50 clients an issue for BranchCache: No, we do our general testing with about 50 clients, works great. Can you use more than 50 clients: Yes.

    Does BranchCache require any specific network speed? No, not really, but it obviously takes longer to get the content down the slower it is. We do most bandwidth simulations on links between 512Kb/s to 5Mb/s.

    Has a lot of people deployed BranchCache? No, since it hasnt worked for Task Sequences on Pro machines and for OSD, until now as Jason points out. Will it change, yeah well we wouldnt found a company promoting it if we didnt believe in it. ;-)

    //Andreas

    Proud Co-Founder of 2Pint Software

    http://2pintsoftware.com

    • Proposed as answer by Joyce L Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:24 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joyce L Friday, November 7, 2014 7:34 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:53 PM