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How do I creat a test web server

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April 22, 2014 8:19:02 AM

I would like to create and edit our organization web site, however, it is recommended that I run my edit work through a test web server before posting to the host site. Can I create a virtual server on my main system or do need to create a separate system? What software would I need to create a test server (virtual or separate system)?

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April 22, 2014 8:23:18 AM

A virtual machine would work quite well. That is a standard usage.

VMWare, VirtualBox, Hyper-V...all would work well. Note that the VM will need its own licensed copy of the OS and any applications.
Basically, it is a whole other PC, without the physical box. It lives in a file on your workstation.
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April 22, 2014 9:14:50 AM

Im going to make a guess to say your using a windows machine .. so setting up a dev environment on windows needs webhosting this can be microsoft's IIS or apache , its best to find out how your current site is hosted , and replicate this envrionment on your localmachine

If you are looking at just testing the web site code IE the site content etc without replicating the machine its hosted on i suggest installing the WAMP stack on your personal machine and copying the website code down to it. Wmp stands for windows apache mysql and php |
This would allow you to run a test web hosting setup of your localhost on you machine and treat a folder on you machine just like the location where the website is now

"Guide here " http://www.kristengrote.com/blog/articles/how-to-set-up...

This system replicated the linux / apache style hosting but its SO SO easy to use




If you current content is hosted using IIS try this
http://www.iis.net/learn/install/installing-iis-7/insta...


Copying the content from your current system may be more of an issue as some of may be referencing off site databases etc so this may be more of a challenge for you ... depending on how complex the current site is

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April 22, 2014 10:52:24 AM

If you go virtual route, you can find preconfigured VMware or VirtualBox machines with complete LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, Mysql, Perl/Php/Python).

Another option: If you are in Windows world, have a look at Microsoft' Visual Studio Express Web http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dn629514. It contains built-in server you can use to host your test web site.
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