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End Of Life

AppFabric End of Life

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By Esben Dochy
AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server EOL

AppFabric 1.1 is ending its lifecycle on April 12, 2022, when it reaches its extended end-of-life date. After 12 years of service, AppFabric will cease to be and Microsoft recommends using alternative products to replace it.

What is AppFabric?

Microsoft’s AppFabric for Windows Server is middleware consisting of two main features. AppFabric Hosting provides deploy and manage Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) workflows that are hosted in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services. Additionally, it contains an extension for IIS that allows performance and workflow monitoring along with PowerShell commands to manage persistence, hosting, and monitoring tasks.

AppFabric caching, the second main feature is an in-memory, distributed cache that is installed on one or more servers in order to provide a performance and scalability increase for .NET Framework applications.

AppFabric Lifecycle

AppFabric uses Microsoft’s fixed lifecycle policy, which indicates that mainstream support for AppFabric 1.1 ended on April 11, 2017. Extended support lasts until April 12, 2022. Microsoft has added one additional note:

AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server support ends on the date indicated unless distributed as a component of SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. Components receive the same support as their parent product or platform.

To replace AppFabric, Microsoft has created a migration guide, detailing which products Microsoft recommends to use. This primarily includes the usage of Microsoft’s Redis.

AppFabric Audit Report

Our experts created an AppFabric audit report that checks if the assets running AppFabric software in your network are on a supported version. It’s color-coded to give you an easy and quick overview of which assets are running supported versions, and which ones need to be updated. Additionally, it also indicated how many days are remaining before a version is no longer supported.

AppFabric EOL report


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