Access file server content on client computers

Published: May 26, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure on client computers to access and download sample content from Content-01 while you have Windows Performance monitor open and configured with BranchCache performance counters. On each client computer, access and download the sample content, ole32.dll, and review the changes in the BranchCache performance counters.

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You must perform this procedure on Client-01, wait two minutes to allow Client-01 sufficient time to upload the file to the hosted cache server, and then perform this procedure on Client-02.

You must be a member of Administrators to perform this procedure.

  1. On the client computer, click Start and then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.

  2. In the Run dialog box, in Open, type \\Content-01\Test_share\, and then press ENTER. The Windows Security dialog box opens.

  3. In the Windows Security dialog box, in Enter Network Password, type CONTENT-01\Administrator in the first text box. Type your Administrator password in the second text box, and then press ENTER. The Content-01 test share opens in Windows Explorer.

  4. Right-click the sample content, ole32.dll, and click Copy.

  5. Right-click the client computer desktop and click Paste. The sample content is copied from Content-01 to the client computer.

  6. Close Windows Explorer.

  7. Review the BranchCache counter changes in Windows Performance Monitor on the client computer and on the hosted cache server, Hosted-01, as follows:

    1. After you download content to Client-01, the performance counters on Client-01 show that the content was obtained from Content-01:

      Client-01 performance counters
    2. On Hosted-01, the performance counters are also incremented:

      Hosted-01 performance counters #1
    3. After you download content to Client-02, the performance counters on Client-02 show that the content was obtained from the cache on Hosted-01, while the content information was obtained from the content server:

      Client-02 performance counters
    4. On Hosted-01, the performance counters are also incremented:

      Hosted-01 performance counters, #2

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