Set BranchCache Hosted Cache mode

This policy setting specifies whether the client computer should use the Hosted Cache mode, and if so, what the address of the BranchCache server is. The Hosted Cache mode enables a client computer to retrieve content from a BranchCache server that acts as the central (hosted) cache for a branch office. When using the Hosted Cache mode, content downloaded by BranchCache-enabled client computers is pushed to the BranchCache server, which then serves as the centralized cache for other BranchCache enabled client computers in the branch office. Client computers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to communicate with the BranchCache server.

To use this policy setting, you must specify the address of the BranchCache server and this address must match the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the server specified in the certificate for the BranchCache server. Additionally, the certificate root for the BranchCache server's certificate must be in the client computer's trusted root store.

If you enable this policy setting and specify a valid location of the hosted cache, the Hosted Cache mode is turned on. For this policy setting to take effect, you also need to enable the "Turn on BranchCache" policy setting.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the Hosted Cache mode is turned off.

Supported on: At least Windows Vista
Enter the location of hosted cache

Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PeerDist\HostedCache\Connection
Value NameLocation
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value


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