How to configure FastCGI activity timeout for php-cgi.exe, Windows7, x64

Posted on 2010-01-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-13
"HTTP Error 500.0. The FastCGI process exceeded configured activity timeout."

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to increase the activity timeout beyond the default timeout limit. I can't open the IIS server console, and changes I make to the php.ini file don't seem to change the IIS FastCGI timeout.

I'm running Windows 7, 64-bit, IIS 7.5, MySQL, PHP 5.3.1, MySQL Server 5.1. I've attached a screenshot.

(FWIW, I normally use Apache HTTP Server, but  I couldn't get it to work with PHP an MySQL on this computer--I think because of Windows 7 security settings that I'm unfamiliar with.)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:DatGuyDubG
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ID: 26271949
  Hi there DatGuyDubG,,,,

Did you access win7 as an Administrator ????
Disable the firewall and check if this works with it . and make sure that you have no third firewall third pary app is installed on it

For your Information you can refer to the following for more reading about the Seurity features on Win7 and IE8

And finally,,, this is the only link I post and I hope it helps

Best Wishes

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Expert Comment

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You need to modify the ActivityTimeout value in the FCGIext.ini file.

You should be able to find this file in %windir%\system32\inetsrv directory.

Dont forget to do an IISReset once you've modified that value for the setting to take effect.

Author Comment

ID: 26274950
akhafaf:Thanks for the comment and the interesting reading.

Springy555: I think you're definitely on the right path, but can't find any FCGIext.ini file. I've tried searching my entire C:\ drive. I've attached an image of my %windir%\system32\inetsrv directory. I can't find an .ini or any text file I can modify IIS timeout settings for.

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Author Comment

ID: 26275141
Okay, thanks to akhafaf's and Springy555's inspiration, I dug further and found that I didn't have the Microsoft Management Console set up, and thus didn't have the Snap-In for the IIS Manager, which would give me GUI access to all the IIS settings. Once I got the IIS Manager Console working, I was able to edit the FastCGI Settings in the console. The steps I took are below:

1) Control Panel --> Programs and Features --> Turn Windows features on or off (to find mgmt console settings)

2) Internet Information Services --> Web Management Tools --> IIS Management Console (checkbox yes to make IIS Mgmt Console available)

3) Run --> mmc (to launch Microsoft Management Console)

4) File --> Add/Remove Snap-in... --> Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager --> Add (to add IIS Console to Console Mgr)

5) Launch IIS Manager

6) Double-click FastCGI Settings

7) Select the php-cgi.exe file (single-click), then select "Edit..."

8) Increase "Activity Timeout" under "Process Model".

9) Phew--take a break, because you're finally done (after you restart your web server)!

Thanks so muchSpringy555 and akhafaf,  for pointing me in the right direction.
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Springy555 earned 1500 total points
ID: 26275158
Ah that might be only for iis6.

If you can open the IIS console, you should be able to set it under the FastCGI icon under the features view.

Otherwise, you can change this in the applicationHost.config file.  This is under C:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config folder.

Do a search for fastcgi, and you should see the activityTimeout value under that section.  Give the server an IIRESET after making changes!

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31674937
Certainly helpful, and would've been 100% perfect if I wasn't such a newbie with Windows 7 + IIS 7.5 (which has config files in different formats).

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