Windows Server AppFabric Configuration Wizard

The AppFabric Configuration Wizard enables you to configure the AppFabric hosting and caching features. The configuration wizard is separate from the AppFabric Setup Wizard, giving you the flexibility of configuring AppFabric immediately after installation or at a later point. You can invoke the AppFabric Configuration Wizard from the Installation Results page of the AppFabric Setup Wizard. You can also invoke it by clicking Start, All Programs, Windows Server AppFabric, and then Configure AppFabric.

You can set the following configuration in the configuration wizard, based upon which features you have installed in the setup wizard:

  • Configure the accounts for the Event Collection service and the Workflow Management service.

  • Add the default configuration entries for the monitoring and persistence stores.

  • Initialize the default monitoring and persistence stores.

  • Configure a Caching Service configuration database, creating a new cache cluster or joining an existing cache cluster.

The configuration wizard sets the configuration of the Hosting Services feature in the root Web.config file. The wizard sets the configuration of the Caching Service in the DistributedCacheService.exe.config file located in <drive>:\Windows\System32\AppFabric folder. The DistributedCacheService.exe.config file contains a connection string for the Caching Service configuration information. If you select XML for the Cache configuration provider, the cluster configuration is set in an .xml file in a folder that you designate during configuration; otherwise, the cluster configuration is set in a store determined by the Caching Service configuration provider, as configured in the wizard.

Many of the steps that are performed in the configuration wizard can be performed manually by executing AppFabric configuration cmdlets. For more information, see the Windows PowerShell for Windows Server AppFabric Reference.

You can select custom stores for monitoring, persistence, or the Caching Service. If you select a custom store, the configuration wizard will execute a third-party executable during the configuration process.