Setting Up Windows Server AppFabric Caching Features in a Single-Node Development Environment

This topic describes the steps that you should take to install and configure Windows Server AppFabric caching features in a development environment on a single computer.

To install and configure AppFabric caching features

  1. Go to the Microsoft Download Center ( Download the appropriate setup download package: WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_amd64_6.1.exe for 64-bit Windows 7 or WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x86_6.1.exe for 32-bit Windows 7.


    If you have already installed Hosting Services, you can click Start, point to All Programs, click Windows Server AppFabric, and then click Add or remove Features.


    If you have already installed Hosting Services, you will skip the first two steps.

  2. On the Accept License Terms page, read the license terms, and then accept the terms and click Next to continue, or do not accept the terms and then exit the setup wizard.

  3. On the Customer Experience Improvement Program page, select Yes to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement program, or No not to participate, and then click Next.

  4. If you have already installed Hosting Services, click Add Features and then click Next.

  5. On the Feature Selection page, select Caching Services, Cache Client, and Cache Administration, and then click Next.

  6. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, confirm the components and features to be installed, and then click Install.

  7. On the Installation Results page of the configuration wizard, click Finish with the Launch configuration tool box check box selected.

  8. On the Configure Hosting Services page, click Next.

  9. On the Configure Caching Service page, if the computer is joined to the domain, use the default network service. If the computer is part of a workgroup, you must change the Caching Service account to use a user account other than network service, local system, or a built-in user account. Use a local account that exists on all computers participating in the cluster and use the same password for the account on all computers.

  10. On the Configure Caching Service page, click Set Caching Service configuration.

  11. In the Caching Service configuration provider box, select SQL Server AppFabric Caching Service Configuration Store Provider.

  12. Click Configure.

  13. In the Windows Server AppFabric Caching Service Configuration Store dialog box, select Register AppFabric Caching Service configuration database and Create AppFabric Caching Service configuration database. In the Server box, accept the default of <computer name>\SQLEXPRESS. In Database, enter MyCachingConfigureDB. Click OK, and then click Yes. In the pop-up message indicating successful registration, click OK.

  14. Keep the default settings of New cluster selected and Cluster size set to Small (1-5 Machines). Click Next.

  15. On the Configure AppFabric Cache Node page, keep the default port settings, and leave the Windows Server AppFabric: AppFabric Caching Service and Remote Service Management firewall exceptions cleared. Click Next and then Yes.


    Because the configuration is self-contained, you do not need to open firewall ports. If you plan to add new computers to the cache cluster, or to remotely administer the cache cluster, you should enable firewalls.

  16. On the Configure Application page, click Finish.

  17. To start the cache cluster, execute the Use-CacheCluster cmdlet to determine the cluster that this computer can administer, and then execute the Start-CacheCluster cmdlet.