How to Install PHP on IIS 6.0

I just found myself needing to install PHP manually on a Windows 2003 VPS server using IIS 6.0. While I’ve use PHP before, I am by no means an expert on it and this was to be my first installation.

Since I needed a secure environment, I needed to install PHP manualy (rather than with the MSI). I downloaded PHP and started following the instructions on The documentation wasn’t bad but seemed a bit more complicated than it needed to be.

As I was clicking from one page to the next I noticed a comment at the bottom of the page from someone named Paul Lynch who said he wrote a simple set of instructions. Curiosity, and the promise of simplicity, got the best of me so I followed the link.

I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Paul’s tutorial is simple, informative and to the point. I finished up the installation and had a test page working in less than 10 minutes.

For anyone looking for a PHP installation guide, I highly recommend checking out Paul’s tutorial.


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