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I have been using ZendServer CE for over a year and have never had a problem. Recently, about a week or two ago I have found my server to be acting up and even causing RDP to be un-connectable. After some looking around I have 20, 25, 30+ php-cgi.exe running. With my IIS7 service starting with Windows once my server started all these php-cgi.exe would start running (even though the limit is 10) and I could not even connect to it.

After disabling the Web Server as startup which stops php-cgi.exe from running the server runs flawless, like it always has. As soon as I run the web server all these odd issues start.

I have a post over at Zend http://forums.zend.com/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=41043&p=95133 where I was told to update my Zend install. After doing so this issue has not gone away.

Even running 1 php-cgi.exe (somehow 2 start anyway) the server begins to go silly. The first issue I find myself with running php-cgi.exe is that Windows Services, weather be stock or using FireDaemon begin to lag, slow start, crash, etc.

If anyone can help me with this I would GREATLY appreciate it. At this time I am forced to look for a alternative to running PHP other than cgi as it simply takes out the whole box.

On another note, I run this same version of Zend on a similar server with no issues. Starting to think its a IIS issue.

(UPDATE) Installed newest version of PHP, separate from Zend, same issue.

Server Specs: Intel Xeon Quad w HT Nehlam Based 24GB DDR3 1333 2x1TB Raid Mirror OS 2x1TB Raid Mirror (Other) 4x2TB Raid 5 (Storage) Server 2008 R2

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Does the server do this when there are not requests being received? Block port 80 on the firewall and start IIS. –  Zoredache Dec 1 '11 at 8:38
Yes, and I must say that was a great idea. If I block 80 and start IIS with php-cgi.exe with max 10 instances 5 load as IIS start and the issue is there. –  Alex Dec 2 '11 at 22:18

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