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How can I install PHP on Windows Server Core, which does not have a graphical interface?

Hello everyone,

I have recently started working with Windows Server Core, which as you might know, doesn't have a graphical interface. I am trying to install PHP on this server, but I'm not sure how to proceed without the usual GUI-based installation process.

Could someone please guide me on how to install PHP on Windows Server Core? I would really appreciate it if you could provide step-by-step instructions or any relevant tips to help me through this process.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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gaylord.maryam

Certainly! I've dealt with a similar situation before, so I can share my experience on installing PHP on Windows Server Core.

Firstly, you'll need to obtain the PHP binaries for Windows that match your server's architecture from the PHP website. Once downloaded, follow these steps to get PHP up and running:

1. Extract the downloaded PHP files to a directory of your choice on the Windows Server Core. You can use tools like WinRAR or the built-in `Expand-Archive` PowerShell cmdlet to do this efficiently.

2. Open either Command Prompt or PowerShell on your server core. To access Command Prompt, press `Win + X` and select "Command Prompt". For PowerShell, select "Windows PowerShell" instead.

3. Navigate to the directory you extracted the PHP binaries to using the `cd` command. If, for instance, you extracted them to `C:\php`, you can navigate there by typing `cd C:\php`.

4. To configure PHP, create a `php.ini` file. Execute the following command to achieve this:


copy php.ini-development php.ini


5. Open the newly created `php.ini` file with a text editor such as Notepad. Locate the line `;extension_dir = "ext"` and remove the semicolon at the beginning to uncomment it. Save and exit the file.

6. You can now test if PHP is installed correctly by running the command:

php -v


If PHP is successfully installed, you should see the version information displayed.

At this point, PHP should be installed on your Windows Server Core without a graphical interface. Remember, if you plan to use PHP with a web server like IIS, you'll need to configure it accordingly. Also, keep in mind that modifying the `php.ini` file may require a restart of any services or web servers utilizing PHP.

I hope this helps you with your PHP installation on Windows Server Core. Don't hesitate to reach out if you encounter any challenges during the process. Good luck!

cooper05

Sure, I'd be happy to help you out! I recently went through the process of installing PHP on Windows Server Core myself, so I can share my experience with you.

To begin, you'll need to download the PHP binaries for Windows from the official PHP website. Make sure to choose the right version of PHP that matches your server's architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

Once you have the PHP binaries downloaded, follow these steps:

1. Extract the downloaded PHP archive to a directory of your choice on the Windows Server Core by using a utility like 7-Zip or the `Expand-Archive` PowerShell command.

2. Next, open the command prompt on the server core by pressing `Win + X` and selecting "Command Prompt" or "Windows PowerShell".

3. Navigate to the directory where you extracted the PHP binaries using the `cd` command. For example, if you extracted it to `C:\php`, use `cd C:\php` to change to that directory.

4. Now you need to configure PHP by creating a `php.ini` configuration file. To do this, type the following command and press Enter:


copy php.ini-development php.ini


5. Open the `php.ini` file using a text editor like Notepad. Look for the line `;extension_dir = "ext"` and uncomment it by removing the semicolon at the beginning. Save and close the file.

6. To test if PHP is functioning correctly, run the following command in the command prompt:

php -v


If PHP is installed properly, you should see the version information printed on the console.

That's it! PHP should now be installed on your Windows Server Core. You can further configure PHP settings in the `php.ini` file based on your requirements. Don't forget to restart any web servers or services that might be utilizing PHP after making changes to the configuration file.

I hope this helps you with your PHP installation on Windows Server Core. Let me know if you encounter any difficulties along the way!

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