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testing/development environment

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fmortz, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. fmortz

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    Hello,

    Our hosting company is setting up for us a dedicated centos server with cPanel. I would like to have a local virtual machine with a testing/development environment that is as similar as possible to the production server, including cpanel. I have checked the website and it says that you need a static public IP, and the free licenses are only for 15 days. I don't want my development virtual machine to be accesible from the internet, and I would like not having to pay for another license. In addition, my development machine is behind a firewall and I don't have a static public IP for it.
    Is there any way to do what I have described?

    Thank you for your help,
    Fernando
     
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    Infopro cPanel Sr. Product Evangelist
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    It has to be for cPanel to operate properly.

    You might want to look into an inexpensive VPS in the same data center (or another even) your server is being setup in. I've seen them for as little as $20 a month.
     
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    It's not a bad idea, but, although $20 is cheap enough, the license for cpanel is not that cheap, and I think I can´t justify the cost to my bosses. In addition, if the server is "out in the wild" it must be well administered to avoid attacks, and I don't have the expertise nor the time to do it well. And if I want it done for me, it's also expensive because a shared hosting would not suit my needs. Nevertheless, I was mostly concerned about the customized version of mailman that is installed with cpanel (not the whole thing), and I think/hope that a standard version of mailman will be similar enough for me to do my tests and possible mini-development.
    Thank you for your answer and your advice.
     
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    You may want to email cs@cpanel.net to further explore different licensing options given your specific project. In any case, a publicly visible static IP will be required.

    As for security issues, you could always firewall everything that doesn't need to communicate with your server. For example, you could allow stateful outbound connections to auth.cPanel.net but block data from and to all other sources.
     
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