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Can Windows 8 use Branchcache / Peer Caching for WSUS? RRS feed

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  • We've downsized a number of offices in the past year and have got rid of several servers in the process (some of them acting as WSUS downstream servers for these offices).  We're finding that a lot of bandwidth is now being used up in these offices with slower ADSL lines for updates as the clients are going straight to the upstream server on the WAN.  I've heard peer caching could be used in this scenario for Windows Vista / 7 clients so update info can be shared by clients on the same subnet/LAN but can't find anything conclusive to say this will work for Windows 8.1 clients (which all our PCs and laptops are now using).  Some forums i've seen say peer caching has been depreciated and Windows 8.1 uses branch cache, some forums say branch cache can't be configured for WSUS clients to share update info.

    I feel our only option now is to put servers back into the offices where they were previously installed however we're pushed for space in some offices now and some of our offices are relying on the laptops DirectAccess connectivity for access to the WAN.

    I would be very grateful if anyone has any suggestions.

    Thanks

    Paul

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:55 PM

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  • Hi,

    I'm not familiar with peer caching. For client related question, to get better help, please post your question on the Windows forum.

    >>I feel our only option now is to put servers back into the offices where they were previously installed.

    In your case, to save the bandwith, we can let the downstream server synchronize the metadata against the upstream server and download the update file from Microsoft Update.

    Best Regards.


    Steven Lee Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:51 PM
  • hi,

    Yes BranchCache works fine with On-premise WSUS for WIn8.1

    PeerCaching is indeed depracated and no longer exists.

    http://windowsitpro.com/systems-management/wsus-server-2008-r2-and-branchcache - should get you started.

    http://2pintsoftware.com/microsoftbranchcache

    thanks

    Phil


    Phil Wilcock http://2pintsoftware.com @2pintsoftware

    • Proposed as answer by Steven_Lee0510 Monday, February 8, 2016 12:07 PM
    • Marked as answer by Steven_Lee0510 Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:55 AM
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:57 PM