Installing AppFabric with DSC

This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Michael Felkins 3 years, 8 months ago.

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  • #20105

    Michael Felkins


    I have tried several was to use DSC to install AppFabric. A couple of them work.
    xPackage installs the app but then it cant test for it, as there is no GUID to identify it.

    My next try was WindowsProcess

    WindowsProcess AF #ResourceName
    Arguments = "/i CachingService,CacheClient,CacheAdmin /SkipUpdates /logfile F:\Logs\AppFabric\AppFabricInstallLog.txt"
    Path = "D:\Install\AppFabric\WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64_6.1.exe"
    #Credential = $cred
    Ensure = "Present"
    # [ DependsOn = [string[]] ]
    # [ StandardErrorPath = [string] ]
    # [ StandardInputPath = [string] ]
    # [ StandardOutputPath = [string] ]
    WorkingDirectory = "D:\Install\AppFabric"

    This works as well, But it does not wait for the process to complete before it moves on so I get an error.
    In my old Powershell script I did this:

    Wait-Process "WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64_6.1"

    Is there a way to do this in DSC?

    Old Dog

  • #20174

    Craig Martin

    Funny, I'm working on the exact same thing today. Here's what I've got (below). Unfortunately it doesn't always work, digging through the MSI log file trying to figure out the 1603 error when it fails to install.

    configuration AppFabricTest
        node (hostname)
            Script AppFabric
                GetScript = { Return "AppFabric" }
                TestScript = {
                    $appFabric = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_product -Filter "Name='AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server'" 
                    if ($appFabric) {
                        Write-Verbose "AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server is installed"
                        return $true
                        Write-Verbose "AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server is not installed"
                        return $false
                SetScript = { 
                    Start-Process -FilePath 'C:\Temp\SharepointPreReqs\WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe' -Wait -ArgumentList @(
                        '/i cacheclient,cachingService,cacheadmin'
                        '/l c:\temp\appfabric.log'
    AppFabricTest -OutputPath c:\temp\AppFabricTest
    Start-DscConfiguration -Verbose -Wait -Path c:\temp\AppFabricTest
  • #20428

    Michael Felkins


    Any luck on your quest?

    I notice that when I run: $appFabric = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_product
    I do not get Appfabric even though it's installed.
    Perhaps we are using a different version.

    In any event, mine installs, it just does not wait till it's finished.
    One thing I did note; My install requires that the Windows Update service is running.

    Start-Service wuauserv
    Sleep -s 5

    I'll try your version and see if it waits.


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