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    Virtualized Server for learning

    What / how / etc would people recommend for creating a virtual machine version of a server for learning purposes. I want to learn and practice PHP, Ruby on Rails, Drupal, SQL and AJAX. Is there an image file or a really good tutorial for setting all of this up?
    Last edited by IReadTheManual; August 5th, 2012 at 04:01 AM.

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    Re: Virtualized Server for learning

    Hi IReadTheManual.

    You can learn all that on a regular Desktop Edition by installing the necessary packages.

    Nevertheless, if you want to get into a 'boot camp' command line on a virtual machine, I would recommend:
    • Installing VirtualBox.
    • Download the Server Edition ISO.
    • Creating a virtual machine (512Mb RAM and 10Gb HD will do).
    • Installing the ISO.

    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: Virtualized Server for learning

    You did not mention what PC platform you are using. But anyway, I use VirtualBox when on my Windows PC and VMware ESXi at work.

    You can take a look at my step-by-step documents in my signature for an idea of how I setup a server and various app servers.

    LHammonds

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    Re: Virtualized Server for learning

    You can get VirtualBox images here:
    http://virtualboxes.org/images/

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    Re: Virtualized Server for learning

    Also check out TurnkeyLinux.org for VM images specific to your needs... Ruby on Rails, Drupal, PHP and more. This makes deploying your test environments dead simple if you're running VirtualBox, Zen, VMWare, or Parallels.
    Nothing is ever easy, but if it is difficult you must be doing it wrong.

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