Windows Server

Part 1 – SimpleSAMLphp Setup on Windows Server

SimpleSAMLphp is an award-winning application written in native PHP that deals with authentication. The project is led by UNINETT, has a large user base, a helpful user community, and a large set of external contributors. The main focus of SimpleSAMLphp is providing support for SAML 2.0 as a Service Provider (SP). Kindly take a look at part 2 of this guide. SAML SSO works by transferring the user’s identity from one place (the identity provider) to another (the service provider). This is done through an exchange of digitally signed XML documents.

Steps followed to implement this:
 1. This environment was installed on AWS (Please see previous article on how to provision an instance on AWS, assign security group(s) and EIP) to successfully connect to the instance (server).

Install PHP on your server : For simplicity sake, i will spilit this article into three
– Install PHP
– Install SimpleSAMLPHP
– Configure SimpleSAMLPHP IDP, Connect to AD etc.

In this article, I will be installing PHP on Windows Server 2012 on AWS
– PHP is an open-source web scripting language that is widely used to build dynamic web pages.
Note: You can install PHP by visiting the PHP site or by installing Apache/WAMP etc.

  • Use the Web Platform Installer to automate the installation and configuration of PHP on your server.  This can be done manually, but extremely difficult at times.
    You will find the installer here;  
  • Download and launch the installer Web Platform Installer

Now search for Web Platform Installer and Launch it

Now search for PHP, as shown below I selected PHP 5.6.31  and clicked on “Add”

If dependent components are missing, they will be listed to be included with the PHP installation.  Go ahead and click the “I Accept” button

Installation progress

After the installation completes, you’ll be presented with a summary page of the pieces that were installed.  Click on Finish.

Note: If you are unlucky 😉 an error will be prompted that PHP Manager for IIS could not be installed. I was successfully able to install some PHP and its components but was unable to install PHP Manager for IIS.

Note: I had both ( .NET Framework 3.5 (includes 2.0 & 3.0) installed) etc. And none of the registry key modifications I found online helped.

Solution: The installer for PHP manager can be found here. Now launch Windows IIS and Set recommendations for adding index.php to default file and automatically reset php when config.php is updated.
– Click on the “View recommendations.” link.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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