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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?


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?


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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