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I am running IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 using FastCGI. I have followed the instructions here:

including this line in my command prompt:

cscript %windir%\system32\inetsrv\fcgiconfig.js -add -section:"PHP" ^ -extension:php -path:"C:\PHP\php-cgi.exe"

However, my server does not recognise .php files. How do I configure my server to send php files to the php-cgi.exe, instead of downloading them?

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have you tried restarting the server? – Jeune Aug 1 '11 at 23:53
PHP appears to be working. I can run my hello world program from the command prompt using php.exe and php-cgi.exe. The issue seems to be getting the server to associate php files with the executable. – lowzhien Aug 1 '11 at 23:56
@jeune No. It would take down an unknown number of services on my business, so I'd leave that as a last resort. Any other ideas what is causing the problem? – lowzhien Aug 1 '11 at 23:57
You can always align with your services that you will have a down time of say 10 minutes to restart. Isn't that possible? – Jeune Aug 2 '11 at 0:01
it might be a webserver issue, setting your file handler to php extensions. – hornetbzz Aug 2 '11 at 0:12

If you open your IIS manager and browse to "Web Service Extensions" under your server, do you see "PHP ISAPI" in the right pane?

(from here:

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I only have PHP pointing to php5.dll. What is the ISAPI? I downloaded PHP version 5.3 and I don't have the phpisapi.dll that a ton of guides mention. – lowzhien Aug 2 '11 at 5:55
How did you install PHP? – Matt Simmons Aug 3 '11 at 23:59

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