Summary and Resources

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

BranchCache, a feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, improves user productivity and reduces WAN link utilization in branch offices while supporting your existing security requirements. BranchCache can be easily deployed and managed in your environment.

In short:

  • BranchCache reduces WAN bandwidth consumed by end-users for intranet-based HTTP and SMB traffic and improves the end-user experience.

  • BranchCache accelerates delivery of encrypted content using HTTPS and IPsec and requires content servers to authenticate all users before granting access to cached content.

  • BranchCache doesn’t require additional equipment in the branch offices and can be easily managed using Group Policy.

Providing significant bandwidth savings and an improved user experience, BranchCache adds remarkable value to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with little overhead. At the same time, it is simple to deploy and manage.

Additional references

BranchCache TechNet page (

Branch Office TechCenter (

BranchCache Executive Overview Whitepaper (

BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide (

BranchCache Migration guide (

The BitLocker Home page (