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BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

BranchCache™ is designed to reduce WAN link utilization and improve application responsiveness for branch office workers who access content from servers in remote locations. Branch office client computers use a locally maintained cache of data to reduce traffic over a WAN link. The cache can be distributed across client computers (distributed cache mode) or can be housed on a server in the branch (hosted cache mode). BranchCache only optimizes traffic flows between Windows Server® 2008 R2 servers and Windows® 7 clients.

Server Configuration

Client Configuration

Deploying BranchCache with Remote Access Technologies

Non-Microsoft Firewall Settings for BranchCache

Hosted Cache Server Setup

Verification and Monitoring


Tools Index

Netsh Commands

Performance Counters

Changing BranchCache Ports

Event Logs

Upgrade Notes


For a complete view of Windows 7 resources, articles, demos, and guidance, please visit the Springboard Series for Windows 7 on the Windows Client TechCenter.
For a downloadable version of this document, see the BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide in the Microsoft Download Center (