The Implementing BranchCache 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:

  • Preparing System Requirements for BranchCache
  • Configuring BranchCache

Lab time: It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Installing and Configuring BranchCache
  • Implementing BranchCache for Network Files
  • Configuring BranchCache in Distributed Cache Mode

Exercise 1 - Preparing System Requirements for BranchCache

Most organizations 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, which aims to improve a slow network connection by allowing data that is downloaded by one client computer in a 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; or (2) Distributed Cache mode, where there is no designated server to store the data, and each client at a remote site has its own local cache for data it downloads.

In this exercise, you will configure BranchCache for network shares running in Distributed mode. This is a BranchCache variant, where the content is cached on client computers.

Exercise 2 - Configuring BranchCache

After setting up the system requirements to enable BranchCache for network file shares, you will set up a group policy for BranchCache. This will enable the essential firewall ports to ensure communication between the server and the client computer.

In this exercise, you will set up BranchCache in Distributed mode, where the content is cached on client computers.

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