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How to use IIS as local server with Eclipse IDE for PHP web development ?

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Hi
 I'm using Win XP Pro, Internet Information Server (5.1), MySQL(5.0.24) and PHP (5.1.5) ... that's WIMP ;) and have been doing so without issues for some lightweight web development for quite a while, using Dreamweaver MX 2004 as the development platform.
Recently decided to give the superb Eclipse IDE a run (that is, the Zend 'all-in-one' with PDT and Zend debugger). This again works very well except for one thing I haven't got my head around yet.
If I run a PHP script, as a script, then I get a 'debug' tab and a 'browser' tab appearing in the bottom of the IDE window, OK but ...
If I run the script as a page, it can't find the page to open in either the internal or external browser (IE7). I've tried many alterations to Eclispe's server setup but no joy. We know PHP / MySQL are correctly setup to work with IIS, through the Dreamweaver development so far, so it seems that somehow I have to 'marry' my Eclipse workspace to IIS's web root folder.
How do I go about this ? ... I've read vague references to creating a common virtual folder but I really don't know if that's correct or exactly what's meant by it.
Suggestions gratefully received but perhaps not changing the 'I' in WIMP to an 'A' just yet ;)
TIA
RR
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Try this page ... http://www.devarticles.com/c/a/Web-Authoring/Deploying-your-Site-with-phpEclipse/
You should be able to set up IIS to use the ftp or webDAV export methods to publish your site to IIS.

I can't find anything more specific on publishing to IIS.
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I genuinely appreciate the link, thanks. It clearly hints at the Eclipse export function being the key but unfortunately it does then go on to say that after Eclipse v 3.1, the use of FTP or WebDAV to deploy files to a server is not supported (or at least that is, does not work). I'm sorry that I forgot to emphasize that I wished to deploy files to a local server (in this case IIS) on a single development machine.
While the article was informative , it doesn't really help resolve the issue and I am really wondering if it is actually possible to deploy and test Eclipse generated PHP files on a local server such as IIS.
If you or anyone has any further information, it would be greatly appreciated.
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EE are now calling 'time' on this one. Thanks for your commenta cj_1969, it did help but the issue still remains essentially unresolved. I have decided to award half of the points (250) for the help. I guess I'm a little surprised that it didn't attract more comments because Eclipse PHP development is probably fairly common.

RR
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Just back from vacation ...
Too bad that didn't work.
I wish I had a box to test on ... unfortunately there is not a lot of information out there on this so without testing it myself I'm afraid I won't be of much further use anyway on this.
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