Zend PHP to run on Windows Server 2008

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) tools company Zend Technologies is announcing this week that its Zend Core product will run on the Windows Server 2008 platform, providing parity between Windows Server and Linux in running PHP. Zend Core is Zend's certified PHP distribution; version 2.5 is certified for Windows Server 2008. "The certification means that customers who choose to use it on Windows Server 2008 know that it will work as it should," said Andi Gutmans, CTO and co-founder at Zend.

Microsoft and Zend have been collaborating to enable PHP applications to run on Windows. Microsoft has a feature called FastCGI intended to enable PHP to run reliably on Microsoft's platform, said Gutmans. Users also need Microsoft Internet Information Server to run PHP on Windows, he said.

"Now that Zend and Microsoft delivered the technology, we're going to be working with customers on adoption. We're also going to be targeting some of the hosting companies," to entice them to use the product, said Gutmans. All Zend products are to support Windows Server by the end of the year, he said.

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Believe me, I've tried this before and I've worked with people who use this exact approach. I don't recommend it.

(Tikitiki said @ #5)
Believe me, I've tried this before and I've worked with people who use this exact approach. I don't recommend it.

Did you try Zend PHP + IIS7 + FastCGI + Server 2008?
I don't think so.

FastCGI = slow. Better to download Apache and run it alongside IIS for serving webpages that use a PHP backend.

(ivanz said @ #4)
FastCGI = slow. Better to download Apache and run it alongside IIS for serving webpages that use a PHP backend.

I think you are wrong.

Oh ! well i didn't play around with IIS7 (or IIS6 + Asp.net) for a long time, when i switched from asp to php dev some years ago i didn't really look into it

(kyosuken said @ #3.2)
Oh ! well i didn't play around with IIS7 (or IIS6 + Asp.net) for a long time, when i switched from asp to php dev some years ago i didn't really look into it :)

URL rewriting is a new feature in Windows Server 2008.

The recommended way to go is FastCGI, not ISAPI ;)

MS recommends FastCGI as well as Zend, and FastCGI is extremely easy to set up on 2008

I thought the CGI route had problems and conflicts, and resulted in some libraries not working properly.

I'd always use ISAPI on 2003 for my test servers before I went to Linux.

LOL @ IIS + PHP

It makes sense to me though. After all, there is no point in downloading Apache when the OS supports IIS already, especially since it was created specifically to be a server. :P

Although I doubt this will make me switch from Apache for my own needs, I might try this IIS+FastCGI+PHP-CGI combination in the (somewhat distant?) future... It is tempting at the very least.