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August 5th, 2012, 03:22 AM
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?

August 5th, 2012, 04:12 AM
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.

August 5th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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.


August 5th, 2012, 11:05 AM
You can get VirtualBox images here:

August 5th, 2012, 06:30 PM
Also check out TurnkeyLinux.org (http://www.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.