Install the BranchCache feature

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to install the BranchCache feature and start the BranchCache service on the BranchCache Web content server, Content-01.

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

To install and enable the BranchCache feature

  1. On Content-01, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager. Server Manager opens.

  2. In the Server Manager left pane, right-click Features, and then click Add Features. The Add Features Wizard opens.

  3. In the Add Features Wizard, in Features, select the BranchCache check box, and then click Next.

  4. In Confirm Installation Selections, review your choice and then click Install. The Installation Progress pane is displayed during installation, and then the Installation Results pane is displayed.

  5. In Installation Results, review the summary and then click Close. The Add Features Wizard closes.

  6. In the Server Manager left pane, double-click Configuration, and then click Services.

  7. In the details pane, in Services, double-click BranchCache. The BranchCache Properties dialog box opens.

  8. In the BranchCache Properties dialog box, on the General tab, verify that the BranchCache service is started. If it is not already started, click Start to start the BranchCache service, and then click OK.


The BranchCache service startup type is Automatic, which means that the BranchCache service starts whenever the computer is restarted. It is recommended that you keep the startup type value set to Automatic.