I took a look at MindTouch’s Deki Wiki about a year ago. I decided to use Mediawiki for the project but recall being impressed with a number of Deki Wiki’s features. One of the reasons I decided not to use Deki Wiki was the need to install and maintain Mono on my Linux box. Mediawiki just needed a LAMP (where P = PHP in this case) platform stack that was already a supported stack. Adding Mono would increase the stack management support requirements.
So, I was interested to learn that MindTouch announced a beta release of a Deki Wiki MSI installer for Windows Server 2008 (and 2003 later).
A WIMP (Windows+.NET, IIS, MySQL, PHP) environment is an easily supportable environment for a Windows-focused shop. So, I decided to take a look at this beta release and create a test installation.
Deki Wiki needs MySQL 5.0.45 or newer. So, I installed MysQL 5.0.51b (the current production release) on a clean Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition installation with all current Windows patches applied. This is running in a VMware Fusion virtual machine. The initial Deki Wiki installation phase seemed to go smoothly. I noted that it enabled FastCGI for IIS7. Looking at the installation directories, I saw that it also installed a PHP engine for its use.
However, as you can see from the screencap above, Deki Wiki’s configuration failed while attempting to insert a record into MySQL. I’ll send an email message to MindTouch support and point them to this blog. it is a beta-release. So, these kinds of problems can be expected. I’m hoping to be able to successfully install and test the Deki Wiki MSI installer on its next release.