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Getting Started with Windows Server AppFabric Caching PowerShell Commands

I started to use Windows Server AppFabric for its distributed caching feature and I wanted to take a note of the useful PowerShell commands to manage the service configuration and administration.
2012-05-23 05:51
Tugberk Ugurlu


I started to use Windows Server AppFabric for its distributed caching feature and I wanted to take a note of the useful PowerShell commands to manage the service configuration and administration. When I write this blog post, Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server is available. I installed the caching service and caching management features firstly. Then, I configured it properly. See Configure AppFabric page for more information on configuration.

First of all, import necessary modules:

Import-Module DistributedCacheConfiguration
Import-Module DistributedCacheAdministration

You can view the commands with Get-Command Cmdlet. For example, we can see all commands which are available for DistributedCacheAdministration with the following one line of code.

Get-Command -Module DistributedCacheAdministration

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Use-CacheCluster command sets the context of your PowerShell session to a particular cache cluster. Note that you must run this command before using any other Cache Administration commands in PowerShell.

Get-CacheHost command lists all cache host services that are members of the cache cluster.

Your cache host is running as a windows service and you can retrieve the status of your caching host with Get-CacheHost command. It will output a result which is similar to following:

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My service is up and running but if the status indicates that the service is down, you can start it with the following command:

Start-CacheHost -HostName TugberkWin08R2 -CachePort 22233

You should be able to see your service running after this:

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Get-CacheClusterInfo command from configuration module returns the cache cluster information, including details on its initialization status and its size. The following one line of code shows a sample usage.

Get-CacheClusterInfo -Provider XML -ConnectionString \\TUGBERKWIN08R2\Caching

More information on this command: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff631076(v=ws.10).aspx

That’s it for now.

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