At last, the IIS FastCGI Go-Live release is here! This release enables you to begin hosting PHP applications in production on your existing IIS 6.0 servers immediately, and brings multiple fixes and performance improvements over the previously released Technical Preview 2.
Download it here: http://www.iis.net/downloads/default.aspx?tabid=34&g=6&i=1521.
There are also several new articles available about installing FastCGI Go-Live and using it to host PHP applications:
- Configuring FastCGI Extension for IIS6.0 and IIS5.1
- Using FastCGI to host PHP applications for IIS6.0 and IIS5.1
This release is not intended for IIS7 running on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 starting with the beta 3 builds automatically includes FastCGI. You can learn more about this here: http://mvolo.com/blogs/serverside/archive/2007/05/29/The-latest-on-the-FastCGI-project-and-PHP-support-on-IIS.aspx.
Unfortunately, Windows Vista customers have to wait till Windows Vista SP1 to receive the latest FastCGI builds. You can of course still download the older Technical Preview 2 release to get started now.
But, that is not all.
IIS.NET now has a section dedicated entirely to PHP on IIS, which you can access simply as http://www.iis.net/php. On this page, you can now find all of the related resources, download links, and articles that explain how to install many of the most popular PHP applications. This list as of today contains applications such as:
- Advanced Poll
- Crafty Syntax Live Help
If you've been following some of my recent posts on PHP and IIS, you know that with IIS7 we are looking beyond just hosting PHP applications with high performance and excellent reliability. We are also looking to enable you to leverage the power of the IIS7 extensibility and its features to make your applications better.
In playing with PHP apps on IIS7, I feel like only began to scratch the surface of what's possible, with things like the IIS Authentication plugin for the WordPress PHP blogging engine. In December, you'll be able to read my MSDN article about jazzing up PHP applications on IIS7, that goes into specifics on how you can deliver powerful improvements across both functionality and performance. I have a feeling it will be a better way to show you what I mean than what I've been able to do in the blog.
Anyway, this is all extremely exciting. Now, go and download your copy of the Go-Live …