As presented briefly at today's keynote for the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo 2006, Bill S. from Microsoft showed off (via an Apple laptop running Vista) how to get PHP to work with FastCGI on IIS7. Thankfully, he's also written up this process on his blog as well.
Part of this demo is measuring the performance gains we've made. To simulate load on the application, I'll be using an application called 'WCat', short for Web Capacity Analysis tool. It is a VERY powerful tool, and we'll only be scratching the surface of what it can do.
He talks about what he did to prepare for the demo, including the software he uses and how some of it is configured. Following that, it's all about the process - installing PHP on IIs7, installing the FastCGI module and setting up caching for the PHP applications. There's also screenshots included the whole way to show what screens, like the request graphing,