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PHP 5 Installation Problems-- Security Alert! even when cgi.force_redirect = 0

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Hi,

Trying to Install PHP 5 on Windows Server 2003 IIS 6. I've used the latest PHP5 installer and chosen all the correct options. PHP is installed to e:/PHP.

I receive the following:
Security Alert! The PHP CGI cannot be accessed directly.
This PHP CGI binary was compiled with force-cgi-redirect enabled. This means that a page will only be served up if the REDIRECT_STATUS CGI variable is set, e.g. via an Apache Action directive.

I've read all the posts on this which suggest that this is caused by an incorrect cgi.force_redirect = setting. I can confirm that c:/windows/php.ini has cgi.force_redirect = 0 set and machine has been rebooted. I tried ISAPI installation as well but did not get any joy whatsoever so have reverted to cgi. I even tried reinstalling PHP from the installer, but continue to receive the same error.

IIS shows, under app configuration, .php has exec path e:\PHP\php-cgi.exe and confirms php is added as a web service extension set to allowed with the same path.

Any thoughts?
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by:Diablo84
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This is an issue that i have seen come up a lot with IIS however usually the problem is fixed with cgi.force_redirect = 0

My advice is switch to Apache, a more reliable web server in my opinion. http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi
I recommend you get version 1.3.
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by:jbreg
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Unfortunately that is simply not an option--in addition to the php requirement we have a bespoke web application tailored to IIS. There must be a solution (other than switching to PHP4) as I have another server in the same rack with the same OS with PHP4.x that works fine; everything virtually identical...
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by:Richard Quadling
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You could try using the ZendWinEnabler?
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This *should* be resolvable without resorting to third-party software, no?
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Richard Quadling earned 500 total points
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Maybe!

But I'd hardly call Zend tools third party. Why are you not using the ISAPI module? There are a lot of benefits.

Least of all databse connection caching. Avoids (nearly) all those complicated licensing modules you need for a MS SQL server.
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by:jbreg
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i gave ISAPI a shot, following exactly the instructions on another ee posting, but couldn't even get anything to work out of that. Possibly because the instructions dealt with PHP 4, but I don't know--are there any really good step by steps for ISAPI on W2003 server with PHP 5?
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by:Richard Quadling
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Should not be any different.

I use Sambar Server and PHP5.

Takes less than 5 minutes to get them both installed and running. Apache takes a little longer (about 8 minutes).

I've never managed to get IIS to work.

If you have a chance, try sambar (www.sambar.com) or apache.

Sambar is a VERY small server. Nothing in Windows\system32 or the registry other than the uninstall links for Add/Remove programs.

Richard
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