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Old 07-31-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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Question Server install/setup - replication

Excuse me if this is a little verbose or unclear and rambling. In that context I am very open to suggestions of an alternative approach to what I am setting out to do also!

The background is that I am setting up a website and have a beta version on a server hosted for me by a friend, but one who does not want to be overly bothered and expects me to take care of business. I will then put the site live on another server hosted commercially (though again hosting is actually controlled by A.N.other and I do not have owner access). I do have sftp access to both, of course.

The site is simple and will be largely html with minimal php for file transfer - you can see it here in beta and here live if relevant.

I would like it to be trouble free in implementation and am considering using a spare PIII latitude C400 laptop (512MB ram) to make a mock up of the server on my own network to test - then save source and replicate target - then go live.

Finally the questions:-

will the server be viable on that hardware?

Is there a simple way to replicate a server-side environment given my access level? (I think this may be the show stopper)

Alternatively can you recommend a way to test file transfer functionality on both platforms? phpmyinfo is unavailable and this all begins from the premise that I need to have an upload button on the site and ensure file transfer will work on both.

Yes - I realise it is a sledgehammer to crack a nut - but if I can make a test server on that laptop it will be a useful resource and I am not averse to the learning curve and would hopefully have a fair chance with tutorials and suchlike.

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Old 07-31-2010, 03:35 AM   #2
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Apache will run fine on that setup, just don't be comparing load times or anything like that to a server. General functionality tests should be np though. Just install whatever os your new server will be running, install apache and mysql (if needed), and deploy you code. You can make an entry on your local hosts file on your pc to point the 'site' to its lan IP address. This way, you don't have to worry about DNS or anything.


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