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Recommendations for maintaining a SharePoint developer environment

  Asked By: Grayson    Date: Dec 26    Category: MOSS    Views: 1000

We're ramping up the ability to extend SharePoint by developers using
Visual Studio. We've got a VPC image for our MSDN subscribers to use
that has the MOSS 2007 environment with Visual Studio 2005 and Office
2007. We're realizing that we will need the ability to keep the image
up to date with what we have in our "real" environment to keep the
virtual development environment as "real" as possible.

Does anyone have any recommendations towards making this process as
painless as possible?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Ruth George     Answered On: Dec 26

Maybe backup the production Content DBs periodically and attach those DBs to the
development servers.

Answer #2    Answered By: Peter Peterson     Answered On: Dec 26

Like another user noted: copy the content databases to the dev
environement and attach them. Don't let the dev images connect to the
database on the image  itself but to another db server with common

In a SharePoint 2003 project some time ago with several developers, we
all had out own Windows 2003 and SharePoint Portal 2003 installation,
but we all connected to the same content database. Each could develop
and reset and debug code on the webserver without bothering or
obstructing another dev.