Do I need the BranchCache FEATURE on file server for distributed mode? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Getting myself very confused while trying to get some distributed BranchCache testing done and going through various documentation and a 3rd party who is doing the work (so I can only view certain settings not actually change it).

    I have a file server setup with a share that is BC enabled. This is on a remote subnet. I am only interested in caching files from this server not web content or anything like that.

    The BranchCache for Network Files ROLE is installed. However the BranchCache FEATURE is notice is not installed. The work has been done by a 3rd party. I cant tell from reading the description if the feature is used only if you have a server on site working in a hosted branchcache mode? Or should the FEATURE be installed whatever?


    Monday, February 19, 2018 1:41 PM

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  • Hi JarvJarv,

    I suggest you could follow the BranchCache Deployment Guide about configuration requirements.

    For example:

    File server-based content servers. These content servers must be running Windows Server 2016,  Windows Server 2012 R2 ,  Windows Server 2012 , or  Windows Server 2008 R2  versions that support BranchCache and upon which the File Services server role is installed. In addition, the BranchCache for network files role service of the File Services server role must be installed and configured.

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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:48 AM
  • yes ROLE is for SMB BranchCache FEATURE is for HTTP based BC



    Phil Wilcock @2pintsoftware

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:44 PM
  • Hi there -

    This is the topic in the previously mentioned deployment guide that provides information about deploying a Branchcache enabled file server:

    Thanks -


    James McIllece

    Thursday, October 4, 2018 3:50 PM