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Branch Cache on 2008 SP2 RRS feed

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  • Just a curious one here - was looking through the services on my Server Standard 2008 SP2 installation, and noticed BranchCache service.... i thought that was only on the R2 version? Does anyone know why its on 2008 SP2 and what (if anything) it will do?

    Steve

    Friday, February 11, 2011 6:30 PM

Answers

  • Hi Steve:

    Please check your Windows Server 2008 install - it is likely to have the following package installed:

    Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0)http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929

    Note that BITS 4.0 includes peer caching that is using BranchCache.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996641(WS.10).aspx  has the following information:

    noteNote
    BranchCache requires Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7. BranchCache is not available by default in the Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Vista® operating systems. On these operating systems, however, if you download and install the Windows Management Framework update, BranchCache functionality is available for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) protocol only. For more information, and to download Windows Management Framework, see Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0) at http://

    I hope that answers your question about BranchCache and Windows Server 2008.

    Si.

    • Marked as answer by Milkientia Friday, April 1, 2011 9:12 AM
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:56 AM

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  • Hi Steve,

     

    Thanks for posting here.

     

    We can confirm that Branch Cache is a feature that only included in Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Could you discuss how did you verify this service on Windows server 2008 SP2 host ? A screen shoot would be better , you may upload to skydriver and post URL here.

     

    BranchCache

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/dd425028

     

    Thanks.

     

    Tiger Li


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    Monday, February 14, 2011 9:23 AM
  • Operating system versions for BranchCache

    Following is a list of operating systems that support different types of BranchCache functionality.

    Operating systems for BranchCache client computer functionality:

    • Windows® 7 Enterprise
    • Windows® 7 Ultimate

    Operating systems for BranchCache content server functionality:

    The Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems can be used as BranchCache content servers, with the following exceptions:

    • BranchCache is not supported in Server Core installations of Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V.
    • BranchCache is not supported in Server Core installations of Windows Server® 2008 R2 Datacenter with Hyper-V.

    Operating systems for BranchCache hosted cache server functionality:

    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Server Core Installation
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Server Core Installation with Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Datacenter
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Datacenter with Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Server Core Installation with Hyper-V

    Microsoft TechNet Forum Bandara
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:11 AM
  • Hi,

    very sorry for such a long delay in responding, the service is set to manual and not started but its definatley there on Windows 2008 Standard SP2, it also exists on SBS 2008. just wondered what it's there for really. you can find a screenshot of my system with version number at http://cid-3cc1980caf326264.photos.live.com/self.aspx/Technet%20Forums/BranchCache.jpg

    thanks

    Steve

    Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:14 AM
  • Hi Steve:

    Please check your Windows Server 2008 install - it is likely to have the following package installed:

    Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0)http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929

    Note that BITS 4.0 includes peer caching that is using BranchCache.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996641(WS.10).aspx  has the following information:

    noteNote
    BranchCache requires Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7. BranchCache is not available by default in the Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Vista® operating systems. On these operating systems, however, if you download and install the Windows Management Framework update, BranchCache functionality is available for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) protocol only. For more information, and to download Windows Management Framework, see Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0) at http://

    I hope that answers your question about BranchCache and Windows Server 2008.

    Si.

    • Marked as answer by Milkientia Friday, April 1, 2011 9:12 AM
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:56 AM