Install PHP on Windows Server 2016

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Introduction

PHP is a widely-used open source server-side scripting language which is well-suited for web development, and which can be embedded in HTML. Learn how to install PHP on a Cloud Server with Windows Server 2016.

Requirements

  • A Cloud Server with Windows 2016.

Note: PHP is installed and running on a Standard Windows installation by default. If your server was created with a Minimum installation, you will need to install PHP by following the steps in this article.

Install the Web Platform Installer (Web PI) Tool

Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a free tool from Microsoft for installing and managing components of your Windows server. The Web PI framework allows you to install applications like WordPress with a few clicks.

Use Remote Desktop to connect to your Windows Server 2016 server. Open a browser window and visit the Microsoft Web Platform Installer download page.

To download the installer to the server, click Free Download.

Install PHP on Windows Server 2016: Download installer

Or download the file to your desktop computer, then use Remote Desktop to upload it to the server.

Open the wpilauncher file, which you have downloaded.

Use Web PI to Install PHP

Click the Products tab.

Install PHP on Windows Server 2016: Applications tab

Click Frameworks.

Install PHP on Windows Server 2016: Applications tab

Click Add for the PHP version you wish to install. Then click Install.

Install PHP on Windows Server 2016: Applications tab

Click I Accept to accept the license agreements.

Install PHP on Windows Server 2016: Applications tab

PHP will be installed.