Sunday, July 24, 2011

Installing FastCGI & PHP5 on Windows Server 2008

Installing FastCGI And PHP on Windows Server 2008

As opposed to previous versions of Windows Server, the FastCGi module is already bundled with Windows Server 2008 so you don’t have to install it.
First of all, let’s make sure that the CGI role service is installed. Click on Start => Programs => Administrative Tools => Server Manager. Expand Roles, right-click on Web Server (IIS) and select Add Role Services. Make sure that CGI is checked and if not proceed with its installation.
Next head over to’ download page and download the PHP Non-thread-safe Win32 binariesAt the time of this writing, the latest version of PHP is 5.2.5. Extract the content from the PHP archive into c:\php.
Launch the Internet Information Server Manager by clicking on Start => Programs => Administrative Tools => Internet Information Server Manager. Select your server from the left panel and then double-click on the Handler Mappings icon.
Click on Add Module Mapping from the right column:
Fill-in the PHP module mapping information as illustrated below and click on OK when done:
At this point PHP should now be working even though there no php.ini configuration file yet. To find out if PHP files are parsed correctly, create a new file at the root of website’s folder and name it phpinfo.php. Insert the following content into the file and save it:
Now try pointing your web browser to If everything works properly you should see this page:

Configuring PHP

By default, IIS will look for PHP’s configuration file (php.ini) in c:\windows. To change this, launch the registry editor (Start => Run => regedit) and add a new key named PHP inHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\. Under the newly created key, create a new value named IniFilePath and set its value data to c:\php.
Close the registry editor when you’re done. Using the Windows Explorer, renamec:\php\php.ini-recommended to c:\php\php.ini and open it with your favorite text editor (no word processor). Find the extension_dir parameter and set its value to “c:\php\ext”. You might also want to uncomment extension=php_mysqli.dll and / orextension=php_mssql.dll if you plan to use MySQL or MS-SQL.
Once you’re done editing PHP’s configuration file, save it and close your file editor. You will need to restart IIS in order to apply the changes. This can be done through the IIS Manager:
I’ll try to perform some benchmark test to see how this setup compares to using php5isapi.dll.

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