[pmwiki-users] Best installation choices for PmWiki on Win2000 with IIS5?

Joachim Durchholz jo at durchholz.org
Wed May 3 16:44:40 CDT 2006

Hartl, Bob schrieb:
> I plan to install PmWiki on a Windows 2000 Server with IIS 5.0.  What
> are the best installation choices:
> 1) PHP 4.x vs. PHP 5.x?

PmWiki should work fine either way.

> 2) Installing PHP using CGI, ISAPI or FastCGI?

CGI will work well. It produces higher server load, which may or may not 
be a problem for you. (I'd recommend trying CGI first and reconfigure if 
PmWiki turns out to be a server hog.)

I don't know about ISAPI. I tend to stay away from Microsoft server stuff.

FastCGI has had a long history of instabilities and hard-to-reproduce 
bugs. For me, switching to FastCGI made the server occasionally lag for 
half a minute or more, even under light load; I'll want to reverse that 
decision as soon as I can.
I have heard good things about fcgid, which is an alternative to 
FastCGI, but I don't know any details yet.
Caveat: all this applies to Linux. I have no experience with running 
FastCGI or fcgid on IIS.

Oh, and if you still have a choice, select a Linux/Apache platform. Less 
security holes overall. (It does take more time to set up unless you 
have an ISP who'll set up PHP for you.)


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