Branchcache requirements RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to use Branchcache using the following config:

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 SP2 (Head office DC)
    Windows 2008 R2 standard (Branch office member server)
    Windows 7 Enterprise Client

    I know you need 2008 R2 and Win7 at the branch but can not see any requirements for the HQ Domain Controller. I assume this config will not work because SBS is not an R2 product.  I do not see the clarrification in the design guide.



    Don Murphy


    Monday, April 19, 2010 4:23 PM


  • Hi Don --

    The BranchCache requirements described in the design guide are for the servers and client operating systems that you use to deploy BranchCache. BranchCache does not require you to deploy a domain controller, it only requires the following:

    BranchCache in distributed cache mode: the content server(s) must be a WS08 R2 based machine, as described in the design guide in detail. In addition, the client computers must be running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate.

    BranchCache in hosted cache mode: the content server(s) and the hosted cache server must be WS08 R2 based computers (per design guide) and clients must be running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate.

    Thus your clients will log on to your domain normally, and BranchCache operations are separate from that issue.

    James McIllece

    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Tuesday, April 27, 2010 2:01 AM
    Monday, April 19, 2010 9:12 PM