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Branch Cache with XP? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hey Guys,

     

    I've been doing some digging around online and have come across a few different responses to this query. A few posts have stated that the network stack has not been back ported and that branch cache is definitely not available to any users on XP or anything for that matter that’s not windows 7 Ultimate. Could someone perhaps confirm if they know this is true?

    Thanks

    S

     

    Monday, December 20, 2010 3:01 PM

Answers

  • Hello Steffers:

    • Windows XP does not offer support for BranchCache
    • Windows Vista + BITS 4.0 has limited integration for BranchCache - BITS only
    • Win7 Professional SKU has limited integration for BranchCache - BITS only
    • Win7 Ultimate and Enterprise SKUs have full HTTP, SMB and BITS integration for BranchCache - as do Windows2008R2 Server SKUs with some limitations outlined here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee307962(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_4

    Let us know if you have more questions.  Thanks, Si.

    • Marked as answer by Brent Hu Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:03 AM
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:29 AM

All replies

  • Hello Steffers:

    • Windows XP does not offer support for BranchCache
    • Windows Vista + BITS 4.0 has limited integration for BranchCache - BITS only
    • Win7 Professional SKU has limited integration for BranchCache - BITS only
    • Win7 Ultimate and Enterprise SKUs have full HTTP, SMB and BITS integration for BranchCache - as do Windows2008R2 Server SKUs with some limitations outlined here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee307962(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_4

    Let us know if you have more questions.  Thanks, Si.

    • Marked as answer by Brent Hu Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:03 AM
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:29 AM
  • Hi Si,

    Thanks for your response - I get that it won't work with XP but would the server 2008 r2 (enterprise) not be doing all the work at both ends. Could the client machine access say a folder if you were using the hosted cache model or is it still irrelevant because of the network stack and the way branch cache accesses the information.

    Thanks

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:06 AM
  • Hi,

     

    Can anyone shed any light on the above? If branchcache is running hosted cache mode on 2 x 2008R2 boxes, surely the servers are the only devices which need to be branchcache aware - an XP client would be able to access the file without knowing anything about what the servers are doing in the background.

    Has this intentionally not been done to encourage users to upgrade their OS?

     

    Thanks.

    Thursday, February 2, 2012 2:44 PM
  • When deploying BranchCache bandwidth optimization, all computers need to be BranchCache aware (available in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7).  That includes BranchCache Content Servers, BranchCache Clients and BranchCache Hosted Cache Servers - if Hosted Cache mode is preferred.  With the exception of Windows Vista BITS support, unfortunately, there is no other downlevel support for BranchCache optimization.

    Specific Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 support listed here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee307962(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_4

    Thanks, Si.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:23 AM