Windows installation

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.5. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Windows installation.

Installation Packages

If you are running a small (less than 30 users) Moodle server or just want to test Moodle on your Windows XP PC, pre-built packages are available for you to use. Here are links to pages containing step-by-step instructions for installing Moodle using install packages:

Manual Installation

For medium to large installations (e.g. a college, university or business), it is best practice to install Moodle on your server manually.

  • Plan your system capacity. This involves estimating the appropriate hardware to support the number of users in your organisation. See Installing Moodle in the How Many Users section for a method of doing this.
  • Install your database server. You have a choice of MySQL (recommended), Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (only for Moodle 1.7 or later) or Oracle.
  • Install PHP. See How to install PHP 5.x on Windows Server 2003 with IIS 6 for instructions.
  • Install your web server. You have several choices - the decision as to which one to use will depend on your in-house expertise and your required level of sustainability:
    • Apache 2 is recommended as the most tested and popular for Moodle installations. See these instructions for manually installing Apache 2 on Windows.
    • IIS 6 can also be used. See the Windows forum for guidance on installation and, in particular, permission settings for using Moodle with IIS.
    • Other webservers are known to install on Windows, e.g. Lighttpd, so you may wish to experiment with these if available memory is low on your server.
  • Install Moodle by getting the standard installation for Moodle from http://download.moodle.org/ and read Installing Moodle which has detailed generic information.
  • Setup backups. Once Moodle is setup and configured, you should setup backups of the system in case of failure or loss of data.
    • To perform full site backups you need to backup the moodledata and moodle directories, webserver configuration (httpd.conf), PHP configuration (php.ini) and any php extensions which are non-standard, and the mysql database. To do this use the integrated backup program (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup) or your own proprietary backup software (e.g. BackupExec). To backup your mysql database see the Backup FAQ.
    • To perform course backups see the Course backup page.
  • Check your server security and performance. It is also good practice to read the Performance and Security documentation. Although much of the content is targetted at Linux/Unix users, there is a growing amount for Windows systems.
  • Set-up your Active Directory authentication. You can use the standard LDAP authentication which prompts users with a username/password, or integrated NTLM authentication which does not require campus users to enter their credentials.

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