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Pop Quiz: Supporting BranchCache in Windows 8

Applies to the "Maintain resource access" objective of Exam 70-689.

Q: A company's administrator needs to check the BranchCache client computer settings on a desktop machine using PowerShell.

Which of the following PowerShell cmdlet can be used to verify BranchCache client computer settings?

  1. Enable-BCLocal
  2. Get-BCStatus
  3. Reset-BC
  4. Set-BCCache


Answer is B. The PowerShell cmdlet Get-BCStatus can be used to verify BranchCache client computer settings. The value BranchCacheIsEnabled should be True. The ClientSettings value for CurrentClientMode should be DistributedClient or HostedCacheClient depending upon the administrator chosen BranchCache mode.

Quick Tip: To refresh Group Policy on the client computer whose BrachCache configuration should be configured, use gpupdate /force. The net stop and net start peerdistsvc can be used to restart the BrachCache service for client computers configured in the hosted cache mode.

Reference: TechNet: Verify Client Computer Settings

Bonus Question: Which Microsoft technology can be used to deploy policies to help secure corporate data on mobile devices? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)

Answer to bonus question from last week: The wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology included with some editions of Windows 8 is BranchCache. This includes the Enterprise version of Windows 8.

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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