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FAQ Roundup: BranchCache

We run a lot of FAQs from some of the most knowledgeable experts in their fields. So in case you've missed them, here are some recent FAQs about BranchCache.

The basics:

Q. What is BranchCache?

Q. How do I enable BranchCache?

Q. How can I test if BranchCache is working?

Cache management:

Q. How can I view or flush my BranchCache?

Q. When should I use BranchCache's hosted mode instead of its distributed mode?

Q. If a Windows 7 client moves from a site that uses distributed mode BranchCache to a site that uses hosted mode, then back to a distributed mode site, is its cache wiped?

Q. I'm creating a server that will be sent to a branch location in my datacenter. It will be a hosted BranchCache server and I want to pre-cache some content. How do I do this?

Q. Should my hosted BranchCache server be dedicated to BranchCache?

Hashes:

Q. When do the file hashes first get created for my BranchCache-enabled file share?

Q. Do I need to run hashgen to generate hashes for all the files in my IIS WWW folder if I want to take advantage of BranchCache?

Q. How can I monitor the hash generations and bytes served from an IIS server with BranchCache enabled?

Miscellaneous:

Q. Can System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2 take advantage of BranchCache?

Q. Can System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) clients take advantage of BranchCache?

Q. Can I support non-Windows 7 clients with BranchCache?

Q. Is there an easy way to view the actual BranchCache communications between distributed clients?

Q. Can I disable Offline Files when using BranchCache?

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