Creating A VPS Testing Server

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I didn't find any information on this on the wiki so i figured I'd add this to the Joomla! Docs. This tutorial will explain how to set up a testing server for use with Joomla! and the Eclipse IDE.

Prerequisites & Outlook

This tutorial will use the following software to give you a complete testing server environment.

Host System: Windows 7

  • Items to install:
    • PHP
    • Phing
    • Eclipse PDT

Guest System: Cent OS 6.3

  • Items to install:
    • OS
    • XAMPP with XDebug
    • Samba Server

Why Testing Server

Do you have a website that's live and you need to constantly upgrade your website, however since your website is live, you dont want to edit the actual website, resulting in the site crashing from time to time or not working. Getting a testing server allows you to do all your testing without affecting the live server. Then you upload your completed update to the Live Server once completed.

Why a VPS

Nine times out of ten, your server is on a Linux based system, but you are not. Sometimes testing between Windows or Mac based systems and then switching over to a Linux based system can cause issues. I.e. carriage returns, etc. So your testing server should be on a Linux based system ( or whatever the actual server is ).

Step 1. Creating the Guest Testing Server

This tutorial assumes you are using Windows 7, which release doesn't matter. To setup the testing server, the first thing you need is Oracle VM VirtualBox. This software will virtualize another "guest" operating system on your machine while its running. At the time of writing this tutorial, I'm using version: 4.1.18. Download the version for windows hosts and install it on your computer.

Your also going to need a Cent OS iso to use to install the Guest OS. At the time of writing, the latest version of CentOS is version 6.3. The Link i used to download is NOTE: this is for 64 bit computers. Alternatively, you can go to the CentOS Downloads Page and choose your download place.