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BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8 operating systems, as well as in some editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. To optimize WAN bandwidth when users access content on remote servers, BranchCache copies content from your main office or hosted cloud content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

At branch offices, content is stored either on servers that are configured to host the cache or, when no server is available in the branch office, on client computers that are running Windows 8 or Windows 7. After a client computer requests and receives content from the main office and the content is cached at the branch office, other computers at the same branch office can obtain the content locally rather than downloading the content from the content server over the WAN link.

BranchCache Videos

Video screenshot BranchCache Screencast
BranchCache caches content from remote file and Web servers in the branch location so that users can more quickly access this information. The cache can be hosted centrally on a server in the branch location or can be distributed across user PCs.
  Video screenshot BranchCache in Windows 7
Devrim Iyigun talks about the Branch Cache feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Video screenshot BranchCache IT Forum Interview with Sandeep Singhal
Devrim Iyigun interviews Director of Program Management Sandeep Singhal on the current needs of remote access solutions and DirectAccess technologies and capabilities.
  Video screenshot Part 1: Installing a non-domain member BranchCache hosted cache server
This first video of a two-part series shows you key information about deploying a hosted cache server when you want to deploy BranchCache in hosted cache mode.
Video screenshot Installing a non-domain member BranchCache-capable file server
Learn how to install a non-domain member BranchCache file server using Windows Server 2008 R2. The server will be configured using local machine policy and BranchCache will be enabled for select individual shares.
  Video screenshot How Microsoft Reduced Bandwidth Utilization Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 BranchCache
Microsoft IT leverages BranchCache, which caches local copies of content from web and file servers to enhance performance and reduce bandwidth utilization on wide area networks (WAN).

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