I downloaded Windows AppFabric Beta 1 version this week. You can find this download here. It took a few hours to install it. I could surely tell I was dealing with beta 1 of version 1 of the product. I finally installed it using new cluster option and XML configuration option. I tried SQL Server configuration option a few times, but it never installed without errors. I think at the end I ran the install about a dozen times before it succeeded.
Anyway, three hours later or so I was done. Next I tried to run a downloaded sample. No matter what I tried, I could not get the sample to work. It looked pretty obvious that I still need to configure something. Finally after another 30 minutes I found an answer – I had to start the cache cluster. To do so, I went to Programs –> Microsoft Distributed Cache –> Administration tool. I was sort of surprised that this launched PowerShell window. I guess we need to wait until release to get real nice configuration software with GUI. In the mean time, I had to type “start-cachecluster”. Once I ran that and saw that the server was started, I went back to run the samples. They worked perfectly well this time.
Once I write my own sample, I will post source code on this blog.