Enable BranchCache on a file share

Updated: January 12, 2011

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to enable BranchCache on a file share when the hash publication setting in Group Policy or Local Computer policy is set to Allow hash publication only for shared folders on which BranchCache is enabled.


You do not need to perform this procedure if you configure the hash publication setting with the value Allow hash publication for all shared folders.

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent is the minimum required to perform this procedure.

To enable BranchCache on a file share

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Share and Storage Management. The Share and Storage Management console opens.

  2. In the details pane, on the Shares tab, right-click a share, and then click Properties. The share’s Properties dialog box opens.

  3. In the Properties dialog box, on the Sharing tab, click Advanced.

  4. Click the Caching tab, ensure that Only the files and programs that users specify are available offline is selected, and then click Enable BranchCache.

  5. Click OK twice.