Windows Home Server: Installaing phpBB 3 Forum Software

So far, we’ve shown you “how to install WordPress blogging software & MediaWiki on your Windows Home Server installation. This post’ll walk you through the installation of famous open source forum software called “phpBB”. What you will need PHP installed on IIS Remote access to the server phpBB 3.x ImageMagick - image manipulation, for attachments. What […]

So far, we’ve shown you “how to install WordPress blogging software & MediaWiki on your Windows Home Server installation. This post’ll walk you through the installation of famous open source forum software called “phpBB”.

What you will need

  • PHP installed on IIS
  • Remote access to the server
  • phpBB 3.x
  • ImageMagick - image manipulation, for attachments.

What to do? Before you do anything else, make sure php is already installed.  If it isn’t, click the link above and go ahead and do that first. First of all, you are going to want to download phpBB and Image Magic and put them on a network share. Then you are going to either use Remote Desktop Connection or Advanced Admin Console to gain access to the server.

Install phpBB: First things first, install ImageMagick. This program will be used by phpBB in the background to render thumbnails while keeping them fairly decent quality. After that is done, open up the phpbb zip file and extract the phpbb3 folder to “C:\inetpub\”. It should look something like this:

Now, right click on the phpbb3 folder and select “Properties”. Find and open the security tab. Click the “Advanced” button. Now, click the “Add…” button. Add the user “IUSR_SERVER”, replacing “SERVER” with whatever you named your server. For instance, I named my server “UMMON”, so I added “IUSR_UMMON”. Now give that user Full Control. Enable “Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects”, and click okay.[…]

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