The BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service caches network content from peer computers on the local subnet. This enables clients in a branch office to securely retrieve files that are cached locally. If this service is stopped or disabled, remote computers will need to connect directly to host servers to retrieve data.

This service is installed by default on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise, and its startup type is Manual. When the BranchCache service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Network Service account.

The Branch Cache service is dependent upon the following system components:

  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper

BranchCache is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see the BranchCache technology center.

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