Create the BranchCache Hash Publication Group Policy Object

Applies to: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2016

You can use this procedure to create the BranchCache hash publication Group Policy Object (GPO).

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


Before performing this procedure, you must create the BranchCache file servers organizational unit and move file servers into the OU. For more information, see Enable Hash Publication for Domain Member File Servers.

To create the BranchCache hash publication Group Policy Object

  1. Open Windows PowerShell, type mmc, and then press ENTER. The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) opens.

  2. In the MMC, on the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in. The Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box opens.

  3. In Add or Remove Snap-ins, in Available snap-ins, double-click Group Policy Management, and then click OK.

  4. In the Group Policy Management MMC, expand the path to the BranchCache file servers OU that you previously created. For example, if your forest is named, your domain is named, and your OU is named BranchCache file servers, expand the following path: Group Policy Management, Forest:, Domains,, BranchCache file servers.

  5. Right-click BranchCache file servers, and then click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here. The New GPO dialog box opens. In Name, type a name for the new GPO. For example, if you want to name the object BranchCache Hash Publication, type BranchCache Hash Publication. Click OK.