When making files available for offline use, remember that the shared folder hosting these files must support the offline files feature. You can configure a shared folder on a computer running Windows 7 to support offline files by performing the following steps:
Transparent cache is a Windows 7 feature that if enabled allows cached copies of opened files to be kept on a local volume when the source files reside on network resources. This will speed up access to files stored on file servers on remote networks and can make a huge difference in WAN scenarios. In some ways, it is similar to the BranchCache feature but with transparent caching you do not need Windows Server 2008 R2 file servers hosting shared folders and it works on Windows 7 Professional as well, apart from the Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions.
Hosted Cache mode uses a centralized local cache that is hosted on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. The advantage of Hosted Cache mode over Distributed Cache mode is that the cache is centralized and always available. Parts of the distributed cache on Windows 7 clients become unavailable when the clients hosting them are shut down. Hosted Cache mode requires a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 be present and configured as follows:
BranchCache is a Windows 7 feature that speeds up remote office (branch) computers access to files from a central location. This feature is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions. You can cache files either on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 or distributed among clients running Windows 7 in a network. In this procedure we will see how to set up a BranchCache client in Windows 7: