BranchCache is a technology designed by Microsoft to ease file and website access in remote branch offices. These sites traditionally utilize slow WAN links, resulting in slow access to centralized services.
Similar to a proxy server, BranchCache intelligently caches information requests across a WAN link. Once in the cache, subsequent requests are fulfilled by the cache instead of resending the information across the network.
There are two types of BranchCache: file servers and web servers. As the names suggest BranchCache for file servers caches information accessed from CIFS shares, while BranchCache for web servers caches information accessed from web sites. Windows clients utilize group policies to define if they should ...