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Installing PHP 5.x on Windows 2003 Std with FastCGI

I couldn’t find a concise guide on how to install PHP 5.x on Windows 2003 with FastCGI extensions until I found this blog.

To summarise, here is what is needed

1. Download FastCGI component and PHP5.x NTS zip ( NTS = non thread safe, and make sure you do NOT download the PHP installer .exe, just the zip file. )

Note : The installer seems to do the IIS / OS setup part for you, which is nice, but doesn’t include the extensions necessary for PHP. Why this is, I don’t know. I personally think it is better to set it up manually anyway. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

2. Unzip PHP to a directory of your choosing e.g. D:\PHP5.x

  • Once uninstalled, rename the “php-ini.recommended” to “php.ini”. You can then make your own modifications as per your specifications but at a minmum you probably want to enable PHP error logging

error_reporting = E_ALL
log_errors = On
error_log = ”d:\php\errors\error.log”’

3. Run the FastCGI installer and let it do its thing.

4. Run the following command from the installation directory for FastCGI c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\

cscript fcgiconfig.js -add -section:”PHP” -extension:php -path:”C:\PHP\php-cgi.exe”

5. Extra FastCGI configuration.

  • Make the following changes to your PHP.ini


cgi.force_redirect = 0

fastcgi.impersonate =1

  • Set the FastCGI configuration settings for the PHP section by running fcgiconfig.js as follows:

cscript fcgiconfig.js -set -section:”PHP” -InstanceMaxRequests:10000

  • Configure the FastCGI extension to set PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS environment variables for the PHP process to 10000.This setting instructs php-cgi.exe to recycle itself after it has processed 10000 requests successfully.

cscript fcgiconfig.js -set -section:”PHP” -EnvironmentVars:PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS:10000

6. Add appropriate MIME header types to IIS

Extension = .php   | MIME Type = text/html

7. Test with a php page ( e.g phpinfo(); )



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