David one of my students in last week’s Windows 7 class asked a great question. “I really like the easy setup and deployment of Branch Cache, how it won’t saturate the link for repetative file access. Can this be used with WSUS??”

AWESOME question Dave! Here is where i defer to the POWER OF TECHNET!

Configuring a WSUS server to use BranchCache

In addition to enabling BranchCache in your environment, the WSUS server must be configured to store update files locally (both the update metadata and the update files are downloaded and stored locally on the WSUS server). This ensures that the clients get the update files from the WSUS server rather than directly from Microsoft Update. To learn more about WSUS server configuration, see Advanced Synchronization Options for WSUS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=150597) on Microsoft TechNet.

this was liberated from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637785(WS.10).aspx

and more info from the Advanced Sync options page…

Branch offices

  • Using the BranchCache feature:
    BranchCache is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that reduces WAN link utilization and improves application responsiveness. To enable BranchCache acceleration of content served by the WSUS server, install the BranchCache feature on the server and the clients, and ensure that the BranchCache service has started. No other steps are necessary. For information about installing BrancheCache, see the BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148741).
  • Branch offices with low-bandwidth connections:
    In some organizations, branch offices have low-bandwidth connections to the central office but high-bandwidth connections to the Internet. In this case you may want to configure downstream WSUS servers to get information about which updates to install from the central WSUS server, but download the updates themselves from Microsoft Update. For information about how to set up this kind of configuration, see Advanced Synchronization Options.

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