The Configure Advanced File Services module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  1. Configure File Classification using FSRM
  2. Configuring BranchCache
  3. Enable Hosted BranchCache on Client Computers

Exercise 1 - Configure File Classification using FSRM

File classification infrastructure is a component of the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) in Windows Server 2008 R2 and carried over to Windows Server 2012. File classification classifies data by putting them on designated folders by following criteria on FSRM. File classification works on data in folders on mounted drives.

Exercise 2 - Configuring BranchCache

Many companies have distributed network environments, where users at remote offices connect to corporate headquarters using slow and high latency WAN links. Oftentimes, users connecting to the main network will experience slow access times. Windows Server 2008 R2 first introduced BranchCache that aims to improve slow network connection by allowing data downloaded by one client computer in that remote office to be accessible to all clients in that location.

BranchCache can be implemented in two ways:(1) Hosted mode-where a dedicated server at each remote location has BranchCache installed and enabled. (2) Distributed Cache - there is no designated server to store the data. Each client in the remote site has its own local cache for data it downloads.

Exercise 3 - Enable Hosted BranchCache on Client Computers

In this exercise you will enable BranchCache on client computers. You will have to complete the previous exercise before continuing on with this exercise.

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