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Here is a mulitpart series on distributed caching solution using Windows Server AppFabric for .NET applications. In this part, we would cover the installation of Windows Server AppFabric Distributed Caching Solution.
There is a pre-requisite package for installation of Windows Server AppFabric. It requires Web Deploy package that can be downloaded and installed from the following links: Web Deploy for x86 - http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9684516 Web Deploy for x64 - http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9684517
Requires .NET Framework 4.0 for Server component, but the client component can be installed on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Hotfix-#980423 - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=185864
AppFabric Cache Server (includes the client) Download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=467e5aa5-c25b-4c80-a6d2-9f8fb0f337d2
Install the software packages with admin privileges. Here is a screen showing the installation options you need to select while installing the caching services
On the Server, you would selct the Caching Services, and Caching Administration. On the Client, you generally install the Cache Client option. For our example since my client and server are the same, I have all the three options selected.
This would install the AppFabric software on your machine. The next step in the process is to create a cache cluster and add hosts to it, which is going to be the next part in the series.