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Allow BITS Peercaching

This policy setting determines if the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) peer caching feature is enabled on a specific computer. By default the files in a BITS job are downloaded only from the origin server specified by the job’s owner. If BITS peer caching is enabled BITS caches downloaded files and makes them available to other BITS peers. When transferring a download job BITS first requests the files for the job from its peers in the same IP subnet. If none of the peers in the subnet have the requested files BITS downloads them from the origin server. If you enable this policy setting BITS downloads files from peers caches the files and responds to content requests from peers. Using the “Do not allow the computer to act as a BITS peer caching server” and “Do not allow the computer to act as a BITS peer caching client” policy settings it is possible to control BITS peer caching functionality at a more detailed level. However it should be noted that the “Allow BITS peer caching” policy setting must be enabled for the other two policy settings to have any effect. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the BITS peer caching feature will be disabled and BITS will download files directly from the origin server.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> BITS # EnablePeercaching

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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