Not as easy as I though it was going to be to set up going in blind to this new feature in SP 2013...

However, keeping the posts below in mind will help immensely...

  • Manage the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013
  • When you run PSCONFIG, it will be added as a Cache Host... if you do not want to be, use "-skipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost"  with PSCONFIG.
  • If a Distributed Cache Service is missing from a particular server, you need to run "add-spdistributedcacheserviceinstance" from a SP PS window on the server it is missing on.
  • Make sure the Remote Registry service is running if you get "Failed to connect to hosts in the cluster" error...
  • Make sure the Distributed Cache Service is running on Cache hosts via the CA > Services page... Don't mess with the App Fabric service from the Services MMC if you don't have to...