iisfcgi.dll with version 7.0.6001.18000 is not up-to-date


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Yesterday I created my first non .NET application for Windows Azure, surprisingly it was pretty simple! :)  I followed a lab in the Azure Training Kit – April

Personally, I think that the lab it´s too complicated, it´s focused con command line actions, usage of SDK tools… but why don’t just use Visual Studio 08? It’s much more simple, every developer should use it :D 

( BTW  there is a php tool for Visual Studio, did you know it? 😉 http://www.devsource.com/c/a/Add-Ons/VSPHP-Brings-PHP-Coding-Power-to-Visual-Studio/ )

Here you have the steps to build the app and how to solve the iisfcgi.dll error

1# Choose a FasCGI friendly platform, for instance PHP. Downloaded the last non-thread-safe version from php.net ( why? ) and copied it in c:\PHP

2# Configure IIS7 to manage .php applications Lots of info in the internet about how to achieve this, for instance http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/246/using-fastcgi-to-host-php-applications-on-iis-70

3# Confirm that you can run php pages. You can try with the typical <?php phpinfo(); ?> If it doesn´t work locally… don´t think that the fabric will be able to do the magic 😀

4# Create and blank Cloud Service solution. Add a CGIWebRole project to the solution and reference this project from the solution’s Roles folder. Obiusly you will neeed the Azure tools for vs installad 😉

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5# Add a php page to the CGIWebRole project. You can add a text file, rename to php and code there the php app. A  phpinfo page is ok for the demo 😛

6# Edit configuration files. We have to point to the right interpreter used by the application.

Open Web.roleconfig file, and ensure that you have a reference to the interpreter

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Open web.config. Here, we have to configure the php page as default one ( if not you´ll receive security errors, because you can not browse the folder )

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Also we need to add a new handler for the .php files, we add it in the system.webserver  / handlers section

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Open serviceDefinition.csdef and set enablenativecontentexecution=”true”

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7# Copy the interpreter into the CgiWebRole project As you can see in previous steps, we have a path to the interpreter at %RoleRoot%\php\php-cgi.exe  We must create it 🙂 Open the project folder in windows explorer and copy there the previously created c:\php folder ( this is for a demo purpose, in a real application we should copy only the required files ), once copied, go back to Visual Vtudio and click Show All Files in the solution explorer

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Right click on the php > Include In Project 

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and time to Compile!

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Now is when you may find the error

CCT: Error: FastCGI module at C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\iisfcgi.dll with version 7.0.6001.18000 is not up-to-date.
CCT: The system is missing a prerequisite to execute the service. Please see the release notes.

I tried with a couple of fixes but at the end, a colleague from Microsoft, pointed me to the right one. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967131 After the fix, my iisfcgi.dll version is 7.0.6001.22365 ( I’m runninc wserver 08 x64 )

 

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Last step 8# Deploy application in Windows Azure

in the project properties, add your azure Application ID as in any other Azure project

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save, and right click in the Solution > Publish!

Azure portal will be automatically opened, we have to upload configuration and description packages. This will take a little more time than in other azure apps… take into account that this time it has to upload all the PHP folder content 😉

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Once uploaded, remember to click Run!! I’ve forgotten to click run several times, and after 5 minutes waiting and having a coffee, realized that I missed the simplest step :_)

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easy, isn´t it?

Happy Hacking!

~ds


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