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How to Manage the Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013

Microsoft’s web application platform SharePoint 2013 is a web application platform that companies of different sizes can use to make their business operations more efficient. Its key features are document management, social computing, business intelligence, branding and many more. This version of SharePoint is also packed with many new features one of them being Distributed Cache.

The Distributed Cache is mainly built on Windows Server AppFabric, which implements the AppFabric Caching service. It provides the caching facility to the features of this web application platform. It also provides in-memory caching service. The Distributed Cache improves or are needed for the features like- Authentication, Newsfeeds, OneNote client access, Security Trimming, and Page load performance.

In order to perform management and operational tasks on the Distributed Cache in SharePoint an administrator have to perform certain specific ordered processes. At times, it may not function or may be in an unrecoverable state if certain procedures are not followed. In the worst of the cases, one may have to rebuild the server farmer. So here are few steps that one needs to follow to manage the Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013.

  • To Start and stop the Distributed Cache, the administrator needs to perform certain operational and maintenance task.
  • To Start and stop the Distributed Cache using the Central Administration.
  • In the central administration click Application Management.
  • In Service Applications, click Manage Services on Server
  • On the Services on Server page, find the Distributed Cache Service.
  • In case the Distributed Cache is already started and you want to stop it, under action click on the Stop button. If you want to start it, click on the Start button on the Action tab.
  • To Start and Stop the Distributed Cache under the Management Shell, you have to run the specific command prompts.
  • You need to change the memory allocation of the Distributed Cache Service, when you want to increase total physical memory on the service and also when your server farm have a dedicated Distributed Cache.
  • To change the memory allocation of the Distributed Cache check the existing memory allocation and then run the command prompt.
  • Add or Remove a server in the Distributed Cache Cluster.
  • Using the Management Shell add a server to the cache cluster and also start the Distributed Cache service.
  • By using the Management Shell you can remove a server from the cache cluster.
  • Using the Windows PowerShell script perform an effective shut down of the Distributed Cache and its service.
  • You can also repair the cache host.

There are many other steps to manage the Distributed Cache Service and avoid its non-functioning and other issues.

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