Prior to a couple weeks ago I had never touched Sharepoint before so I apologize for any important information I may be missing that's pertinent to this question.
I am trying to get the Managed Meta Data service up and running. I had installed Sharepoint and been experimenting with a number of other features of the product and when I tried to set up the Managed Meta Data service by following an MSDN tutorial I found I kept getting this error when I went to look at it:
"The Managed Metadata Service or Connection is currently not available. The Application Pool or Managed Metadata Web Service may not have been started. Please Contact your Administrator."
I looked up the issue on Google and found a few recommendations. Permissions settings, a WCF hotfix and restarting IIS. Nothing I found resolved the issue so I figured I may have just screwed something up when I was experimenting with other features so I just went ahead and uninstalled Sharepoint and cleared the SQL database.
So I started from scratch, installed it as a Farm type and used the New-SPConfigurationDatabase command to create a new config database since this dev machine doesn't have Active Directory. That all worked without any warnings or errors so I went straight back to setting up the managed meta data service. Same issue.
Part of the problem I feel is that I haven't even seen this feature function so I'm currently unaware of what external settings may be at fault. Can anyone give me some recommendations on things to try or settings to check to resolve this issue?
EDIT: I'm fairly certain, again I'm new at SP so this may be incorrect, that all services are running. Here are the screenshots of the Central Admin and IIS App Pools.
Now I am aware that the Application Pools that the SharePoint Application Services use don't show in the IIS Application Pools list but I haven't found any way to verify that they are running.