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I’m working with SharePoint for the first time and in the process of setting up an SharePoint 2013 environment to integrate with a few other applications. My questions are about caching in SharePoint 2013. In our network, I have 1 server for SharePoint 2013, another sever for SQL. Here are my questions:
1.      SharePoint is not required to be installed on the SQL server. Is that correct?
2.      After the SharePoint installation, I never specifically configure the cache cluster. Do I need to do this or SharePoint already did that? If SharePoint already did that, how can I get the information about the settings?
3.      If I have to setup the cluster, where do I start? SharePoint PowerShell or app fabric?
I will have some more questions, depending on your answers.
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by:Walter Curtis
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SharePoint does not need to be installed on the SQL server, unless you are using a service such as SQL Server Reporting Services (SharePoint integrated).

Review this link for information about the distributed cache:
http://www.harbar.net/archive/2016/04/15/SharePoint-2016-Nugget-2-Distributed-Cache-Size-in-MinRole-Farms.aspx

Good luck...
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by:SHANCHAT972
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Thank you for the information!

I can that the issue has to do with setting up caching for SharePoint. My issue is my SharePoint is working fine by itself. I installed apps from the SharePoint stores and use them without any issue. Obviously my configuration for caching is not enough to go beyond 1 server.

I setup the distributed cache using installation wizard so I don’t know exactly what was configured for that service. Is there anyway to find out? What can I do to change that?
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by:Kevin k
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Learn how to configure and manage the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219613.aspx

Using PowerShell to Manage the Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013:
http://almondlabs.com/blog/manage-the-distributed-cache/

Hope this helps!
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by:SHANCHAT972
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In my setup, I have 1 SharePoint server and 1 SQL server, The distributed cache was set up by the installation wizard. I never touched SharePoint there. I never thought about app fabric until now. Is this the right way to set distributed cache up?
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by:Walter Curtis
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Are you maybe confusing distributed cache with load balancing? Are you asking how to set up your app server and your web front web end?

(In a two SharePoint server setup, distributed cache should not be a major concern.)
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by:SHANCHAT972
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Yes, I'm asking about seting app server. It is not an issue until I have to make Sharepoint to integrate with another application. And the integration piece is trying to connect to the existing sharepoint cache host but it cannot find any.

I'm not familiar enough about this cache configuration so i'm lost at this point.
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by:Walter Curtis
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The terminology of the other application might not be the same that SharePoint uses. Not a problem, but it would be best to know what the other application is trying to do. What is the application?

It is an add-on for SharePoint, or an application that just references SharePoint? Or what does it do?
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by:SHANCHAT972
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It's HP Record Manager 8.1. The integration is supposed to help put documents from SharePoint in HP Record Manager database.
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by:Walter Curtis
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It is probably using SharePoint web services, which usually can be addressed via the url, like this:

http://mysharepointfarm/_layout/websservice.asmx

Don't they have documentation about how to exactly do it. Maybe check their web site or support portal.

Good luck...
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by:SHANCHAT972
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I wasn't able to open the link.

They do but something is missing. But there is something I'm doing wrong. I'm back tracking everything to see where it started.
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The link is just a sample. You will need to replace the sample information with your SharePoint specific information.
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by:SHANCHAT972
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Thanks. Please close this as per the request from SneekCo
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Solutions offered were valid and accurate.
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