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{{Installing Moodle}}
  
*[[Installing_AMP#Windows| This section has a quick]] way to install a complete package on a Windows XP machine
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==Known problems==
  
*[[Windows installation using XAMPP|Installation guide for Windows using XAMPP]] in case you want to retrofit
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Windows is not suitable for large Moodle installations because PHP for Windows does not support 64-bit integer numbers, even if it is running on 64-bit Windows in 64-bit mode. One of the  problems is that Moodle may fail to access data if there are more than 2 billion records in one database table because the id column is too big for integers. Another limitation is a maximum file size of 2GB, which can cause problems (for example) when making backups of large courses. Please consider a different operating system with full 64-bit support for very large installations.
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==Installation Packages==
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If you are running a small (less than 30 users) Moodle server or just want to test Moodle on your Windows  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:
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*[[Complete install packages for Windows]] for most Windows versions
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*[[Windows installation using Git|Installation guide for Windows using WAMP and Git]] How to install Moodle on your Windows PC and update it regularly via Git.
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*[[Windows installation using XAMPP|Installation guide for Windows using XAMPP]] A more typical webserver installation than a complete install package. Both use XAMPP.
  
 
*[[Installation guide for Windows using EasyPHP]]
 
*[[Installation guide for Windows using EasyPHP]]
  
*[[Installation for Windows 2003 with IIS]]
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== Manual Installation ==
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For medium to large installations (e.g. a college, university or business), it is best practice to install Moodle on your server manually.
  
*[[Installation guide - Moodle for Windows on a USB Memory Stick]]
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* '''Plan your system capacity'''. This involves estimating the appropriate hardware to support the number of users in your organisation. See [[Installing Moodle#How_many_users.3F| Installing Moodle ]] in the How Many Users section for a method of doing this.
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* '''Install your database server'''. You have a choice of [http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/ MySQL]/[http://mariadb.org/ MariaDB] (recommended), [http://www.postgresql.org/download/ PostgreSQL] (recommended), [[Installing MSSQL for PHP | Microsoft SQL Server 2005]] or Oracle (not recommended).
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* '''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:
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**Apache 2 is recommended as the most tested and popular for Moodle installations. See these instructions for [[Installing Apache on Windows |manually installing Apache 2 on Windows]].
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**IIS 7/8 server can also be used. See these instructions for [[Internet Information Services|Installing and configuring IIS and PHP on Windows]].
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**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.
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* '''Install PHP'''. Use Microsoft Web Platform Installer when using [[IIS]] server.
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* '''Install Moodle''' by getting the standard installation for Moodle from [http://download.moodle.org/ http://download.moodle.org/] and read [[Installing Moodle]] which has detailed generic information.
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* '''Setup backups'''. Once Moodle is setup and configured, you should setup backups of the system in case of failure or loss of data.
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** '''To perform full site backups''' you need to backup the moodledata and moodle directories, Apache webserver configuration (httpd.conf) if you're using Apache, 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 and restore FAQ]].
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** '''To perform course backups''' see the [[Course backup]] page.
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** You should also perform a '''state backup''' of the [http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/921f0ed5-523d-48ac-8825-e850b0e548841033.mspx?mfr=true server] or [http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/ntbackup_backup_sysstate.mspx?mfr=true PC]. This is especially important if you're using IIS as this will backup the IIS metabase.
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* '''Check your server security and performance'''. It is also good practice to read the [[Performance]] and [[Security]] documentation. Although much of the content is targeted at Linux/Unix users, there is a growing amount for Windows systems.
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* Set-up your '''Active Directory authentication'''. You can use the standard [[LDAP authentication]] which prompts users with a username/password, or [[NTLM authentication | integrated NTLM authentication]] which does not require campus users to enter their credentials.
  
* [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=6799|Windows-based servers forum]
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== See also ==
  
[[Category:Administrator]]
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* [[Manual install on Windows 7 with Apache and MySQL]]
[[Category:Installation]]
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* [[Installing APC in Windows]] contains instructions for using a PHP accelerator to reduce processor load.
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* [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=56835 Running Apache and IIS on the same server] forum discussion.

Latest revision as of 02:17, 19 October 2014


Known problems

Windows is not suitable for large Moodle installations because PHP for Windows does not support 64-bit integer numbers, even if it is running on 64-bit Windows in 64-bit mode. One of the problems is that Moodle may fail to access data if there are more than 2 billion records in one database table because the id column is too big for integers. Another limitation is a maximum file size of 2GB, which can cause problems (for example) when making backups of large courses. Please consider a different operating system with full 64-bit support for very large installations.

Installation Packages

If you are running a small (less than 30 users) Moodle server or just want to test Moodle on your Windows 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/MariaDB (recommended), PostgreSQL (recommended), Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Oracle (not recommended).
  • 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:
  • Install PHP. Use Microsoft Web Platform Installer when using IIS 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, Apache webserver configuration (httpd.conf) if you're using Apache, 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 and restore FAQ.
    • To perform course backups see the Course backup page.
    • You should also perform a state backup of the server or PC. This is especially important if you're using IIS as this will backup the IIS metabase.
  • Check your server security and performance. It is also good practice to read the Performance and Security documentation. Although much of the content is targeted 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.

See also