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Update - FastCGI with PHP 5 and IIS


 
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JLA
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:20 pm 
Post subject: Update - FastCGI with PHP 5 and IIS

When we started dealing with PHPBB2 installs back in the 1st half of the last decade, many people suggested that running on Linux would be the way to go. Since most of our experience at the time was with WIN boxes we felt more comfortable working in that environment.

Back with where we started in PHP3x one of the more problematic issues was the ISAPI implementation on IIS The stability under load was always an issue and the performance left alot to be desired. A few years after starting, we then discovered some of the early betas of the FASTCGI implementation of PHP. The betas had alot of their own issues - many stability related but there was a significant gain in performance to be had. These early betas together with some versions of eAccelerator proved to be our best bet at the time if we were going to stick with Win/IIS for our installs. The performance was improved and helped with the growth of some of our PHPBB installations but the stability was a constant headache, especially under significant load. Fortunately through the use of "creative" coding and some brute force effort, things were able to be held together while the installs continue to grow.

After moving to PHP5 and then implementing Microsoft's release of FASTCGI along with WINCACHE there was such a huge night and day turnaround with things - a complete night and day difference. The performance and stability are rock solid with this setup. Its just really too bad this wasn't around several years ago. Although installs on Linux boxes have their place, with this new implementation we really think you can't beat going with Win/IIS/FastCGI/WinCache.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:27 pm 
Post subject: Re: Update - FastCGI with PHP 5 and IIS

What kind of load (concurrent users) are you currently supporting? I know you have a huge board, just wondering what your system (or systems, do you have a cluster?) look like, and what kind of load they're serving.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:16 pm 
Post subject: Re: Update - FastCGI with PHP 5 and IIS

JLA, please share your system setup. I also am very interested in the environment you are using!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:56 pm 
Post subject: Re: Update - FastCGI with PHP 5 and IIS

Holger wrote:
JLA, please share your system setup. I also am very interested in the environment you are using!


We're using a combination of IIS, FastCGI PHP with Wincache and 64bit MYSQL

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:06 pm 
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Ok. And what server-specs?
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