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PHP Manager for IIS 7 - beta release

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 31 August 2010.
Planet PHP

Today I am releasing PHP Manager for IIS 7 - beta, which is an IIS extension for setting up and managing multiple PHP installations on IIS 7 servers. It can be used to:

  • Register PHP with IIS;
  • Run multiple PHP versions side by side;
  • Check PHP runtime configuration and environment (output of phpinfo() function)
  • Configure various PHP settings
  • Enable or disable PHP extensions
  • Remotely manage PHP configuration in php.ini fille

The PHP Manager installation packages can be downloaded from these locations:

The project's home page and documentation are located at http://phpmanager.codeplex.com/. This blog post describes how the PHP Manager for IIS can be used.

Installation

From the Downloads page select the installation package that is appropriate for your target machine. Download and run the installer, which will install and register PHP Manager's binaries with IIS. Note that only IIS versions 7.0 and above are supported. After installation is complete, launch the IIS Manager and find the aoPHP Managera feature:

When opened, the aoPHP Managera feature provides a configuration overview for the PHP installation that is registered with IIS and is currently active. If no PHP is registered with IIS, then the only action that can be performed is the registration of a new PHP version.

Registering PHP with IIS

To register a new PHP version with IIS, first you need to download the zip archive with PHP binaries from http://windows.php.net/ and then extract the files from it into a folder of your choice. Note that you can also install PHP by using Web Platform Installer or the Windows installer from http://windows.php.net/ - the PHP Manager can be used to manage those PHP installations as well.

Click on aoRegister new PHP versiona task and then provide the full path to the location of the main php executable file: php-cgi.exe:

After clicking OK the new PHP version will be registered with IIS and will become active. This means that all the sites on this IIS server by default will use this PHP version.

Switching between PHP versions

After multiple PHP versions have been registered with IIS, you can use PHP Manager to easily switch between the versions on a server and site level. This means that you can configure some IIS sites to use one PHP version, while other sites use different version.

Checking phpinfo() output

phpinfo() function in PHP provides very detailed information about all aspects of PHP runtime configuration. To check the phpinfo() output from within PHP Manager use the aoCheck phpinfo()a task.

Configuring Error Reporting

You can use PHP Manager to configure error reporting level in PHP. If IIS is used on a development machine then you may want to use verbose error reporting in order to see all the errors, warnings and notices from your PHP application right away. If IIS is used as a production server, then error reporting level is less verbose and errors are logged in a log file, but never communicated to HTTP client.

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