Microsoft Web Platform Installer

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We can easily install a web server in Windows Server 2012 using Microsoft Web Platform Installer. The Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform including IIS, PHP, MYSQL and many others. It can be downloaded for free from here. In this tut we will install IIS, PHP and MYSQL using this tool.

Download and install Web Platform installer 4.6. Click on it.

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Select the components you want to install. I have selected IIS, PHP and MYSQL.

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After selecting the applications you want to install, click on “Install”. If you have selected MYSQL, it will prompt for a password to be set for MYSQL. Enter the password and click on “Continue”.

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It will display a summary of components which will be installed. Click on “I Accept”.

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After system finishes installing all the components, click on “Finish”. After the installation is finished, open your browser and see whether IIS8 installation has been successful. If the display shows the version of IIS displayed as below, then our web server installation has been  successful.

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Now let’s test our php. Go to the root directory which is “%systemroot%/inetpub/root” in IIS and create a php file with the following script and save it as version.php ( in fact any name but with php extension. )

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Now go to address “http://localhost/version.php” from the browser.

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If it displays the version of the php installed, then our php installation has been successful. Hope this was helpful.