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How to Enable MBString on a PHP Installation in IIS7

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I am attempting to run an application that was created for me in PHP.  When I navigate to the application page, I get the following error:

The PHP must have the mbstring extension enabled. Please contact technical support.

I understand from reading around that mbstring is not enabled by default.  So I went back into the php.ini file and removed the ";" before each line that referred to an mbstring variable.  I restarted the IIS server, but when I run a phpinfo page, I see no reference to mbstring so I am wondering whether or not mbstring is actually enabled.  

Could someone provide further guidance to a very new PHP user?

Thank you in advance.
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Ray,

I read all of those articles before I posted.  As I stated in my initial post, I thought that I had enabled all of the mbstring variables discussed in the articles that you referenced.  I restarted IIS, but am not getting any further than that.  I am looking for something a little more substantive.  Everything that I read talks about PHP being set up in an Apache environment, so I was hoping for some guidance towards how IIS might be misconfigured.

I made sure that the dll for mbstring is in the ext directory.  I made sure to comment out all of the mbstring variables in php.ini.  What else could I be missing?  I don't see mbstring referenced in the phpinfo page that I created to test.  Is there something else within IIS that I have to do?  Something more with mappings or anything?
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Being very unfamiliar with PHP and the whole php.ini file configuration and being focused on the mbstring variables I did not know that this file would also effect where PHP looked for the extensions.

Basically, I first missed the:  extension_dir="ext" which was commented out.  I have to hand it to the developers of PHP, they sure locked the configuration down initially when installing.

I then had to ensure that the:  extension=msql.dll was uncommented for MS SQL Server and that all of those settings were enabled as well.
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Thanks for the points -- PHP has too many configuration variables!

Best regards, ~Ray
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