3 SCCM Peer to Peer Content Distribution Solutions by Microsoft

If you are looking for content distribution solutions to deliver software distribution, OS deployment or patch management without implementing Distribution Points, then Microsoft SCCM peer to peer solutions are perfect for you. SCCM that stand for System Center configuration Manager helps in managing large groups of computers that operates on Windows NT, OS X, Windows Embedded, Linux or UNIX. It is also compatible with Windows Phone, iOS and Android operating systems.

In this blog, you will read about three Microsoft’s SCCM Peer to peer solutions, namely:

• BranchCache

• Windows PE Peer Cache

• Windows Update Delivery Optimization


BranchCache offers peer to peer content sharing solutions to remote and local locations. It distributes content from a SMB or HTTP source, located on the BranchCache server. It operates in either of two modes: Hosted Mode and Distributed mode.

Window PE Peer Cache:

Window PE Peer Cache has been designed to overcome the challenges of BranchCache. BranchCache is not officially supported in Windows PE, but Window PE Peer Cache is well supported. Thus, by using Client Settings, you can designate any existing Configuration Manager Client as a Windows PE Peer Cache source.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization:

With the coming of Windows 10, a new peer to peer content distribution feature got introduced, namely Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) feature. It allows clients to receive Microsoft updates from peers unlike the other solutions that demands downloading of the shared content directly from the Microsoft Windows Update. It is a helpful solution, if your clients are using ‘Windows Update for Business’ or ‘Windows Update’ to receive the updates.

Hopefully, this blog has given you a fair idea about the options for peer-to-peer content distribution solutions offered by Microsoft.