I was surprised how easy it is to set up and run the Apache key-value store Cassandra on Windows. There is no self-contained Windows-based installer, but I got it running from the extracted archive quite easily. All I wanted to do is to get it up and running quickly and do some basic testing. No fancy config, I used the out-of-the-box config to set up a single node on my Windows Vista dev machine. Here is how it went.