Microsoft Web Platform Installer

by Nigel Wilks on December 24, 2011 · 6 comments

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Some time ago, I created a couple of Add-Ins for Windows Home Server V1 to make things easier for installing applications such as WordPress, PHP and MySql. Since the release of Windows Home Server 2011 I have had numerous requests to port them to the new platform which I was loath to do due to the age of the Add-Ins and the versions of the software I used.

Now that we have a good foundation Operating System in Windows 2008, the installation of web applications is easy enough that I won’t be fulfilling these requests. This is where the “Microsoft Web Platform Installer” comes in.

The installer will enable you to easily install a whole suite of applications from Sql through to WordPress, even Forum software such as PhpBB.

NB: You will find it much easier to turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration first. (You can obviously switch it back on if you prefer afterwards).This is easily accomplished via Control Panel, Turn Windows features on or off. Then Click Server Manager at the top and in the section entitled Security Information choose Configure IE ESC. You can now turn it off for Administrators.

Installing MS WPI is very easy, just visit the Microsoft WPI site and choose Download It Now and then run the file that is downloaded.

Once completed you will have the choice of many different applications that you can install, if a pre-req is needed then it will also be installed. In the case of WordPress, you need a database. So when you choose to install WordPress it will offer to install MySQL.

You can see how easy it is to install WordPress by the following screenshots. The first two images above, start the process.

While not as easy as installing a V1 Add-In, you benefit from a very easy installation of many of the top Web Applications, using much more up to date versions than I could maintain as an Add-In. Give it a go, there are loads of great applications available from Blogs to Forums and let us know in the forums of any that you think would be useful for others.

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I'm a Technical Architect based in the UK predominantly working on Windows Server and Active Directory based solutions. I'm also a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and moderator/author at I've released the FirePlay for Windows Home Server, WHS PHP Installer, MySql Installer for WHS and Wordpress Installer for WHS Add-Ins as well as co-author of the SanEncore and WHS Health Add-Ins with Alex Kuretz.


t-bone December 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Will this work on WHS V1? Im going to read in between the lines and wonder if this means no updates to your PHP and wordpress add-ins?

Jim December 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I used this process to install Gallery and Gallery Server Pro on v1 and it worked no problem, b ut your mileage may vary.

Nuno January 30, 2012 at 1:33 am


One question regarding this installation process, can anyone tell me where is located the wwwroot of php installation to put the default page, because I had put in to c:\inetpub\wwwroot and is not working.

Best regards

580guy February 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I am also wanting to try Gallery Server Pro on my WHS v1 to use instead of HP Photopublisher. Possible??

Jim February 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

GSP works well and installs via this method on v1 well. I ended up using NextGenGallery inside WordPress but would have used GSP if I did not also want to be able to create blog posts on the same site. Good luck!

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