How can we Achieve Zero Footprint Caching and Resolve Disk Space Issues in SCCM

You must have faced loads of high WAN bandwidth issues because of clients downloading the packages from a remote DP which is in another end of WAN. Placing a remote DP in every branch is not an excellent solution when you’ve “server free branch” offices with no server infrastructure. It’s not worth putting a remote DP for 20-25 clients. There could some options like branchcache and DP on Windows 7 machines. However, believe me, those are not very simple solution when you have deployed SCCM within a huge organization. Also, the operational overhead will be very high.

As I mentioned in the previous blogs, I’m a big fan of Adaptiva Onesite. The Zero Footprint Caching is another great feature of Onesite. SCCM client normally use quota based cache and When these quota-based caches fill up, they are very simpleminded about deleting data to make room for new content. Adaptiva OneSite offers an incredible solution:  zero footprint caching. It runs a super-fast, lightweight file system within the unallocated/free disk space on a computer. Now with OneSite zero footprint caching, you never need to send a single piece of content over the WAN twice.

Adaptiva Onesite Zero Footprint Cache
Adaptiva Onesite Zero Footprint Cache

As you can see in the above picture, when we use quota based cache native to SCCM client 14 GB is the cache space allocated to the CM client. When you’ve Adaptiva Onesite then your SCCM client can dynamically utilize all the free disk space available in the client disk.  Moreover end users won’t get the feeling like all their free space is eaten by some application. This means OneSite can use all unused bytes of disk space on every computer at a site, without occupying any space. Some magic ? Isn’t it ? Users can write to the free space on their hard disks—all of it—at any time without restriction. This astonishing technology is solving the SCCM storage problem for Adaptiva customers in financial, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and other industries.

Now the question is how the Zero Footprint Caching works ?

  1. True intelligence :- A Windows file system driver signed with a Microsoft certificate is installed as part of the Adaptiva client.

  2. Virtually unlimited storage :- The cache is immediately available without provisioning, calculating quotas, pre-allocating space, etc.

  3. Redundancy :- Combined with OneSite’s virtual SAN, the zero footprint cache stores multiple copies of content at an operating location.

  4. Transparency:- Zero footprint caching is an engineering triumph in many ways, including the stunning ease with which administrators can view and access data.

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