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Dev-Box: Installing a Mail Server

It’s been a while, but I’m back with another useful tutorial for all those out there using VMs like my Dev-Box. Last time I talked about getting SVN to work on your VM and now time it’s all about setting up a mail server, something you need for pretty much every web application you might develop.

As my posts are meant for users that use VMs for local development, I’ll not tell you how to install a usual mail server, but rather how to configure it that way, that all outgoing emails go to one email address instead of the address they are meant for. Using such a catch-all setup allows you to test emails coming from your app without having to send mails to existing accounts and even allows you to use your live database for testing and not having to worry that the live users might get an email that’s only meant for testing.

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Dev-Box: Installing SVN

My last post about setting up a Virtual Machine to use as your local webserver was quite the success (hits increased from about 30 to nearly 1000 within 2 days…and dropped back to somewhere slightly above the old value by now) and I promised I would write some more tutorials on how to install some useful libs, so here we go and start with SVN in combination with TortoiseSVN a SVN client for Windows.

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Dev-Box: Virtual Machines for Developers

This post goes out to all the coders using a Windows machine for development. Might be interesting for others aswell but I can’t say much about that as I’m a Windows user myself ;)

So what is this about? Well, some time ago I ran into smaller problems when trying to move a website from my local machine (which used XAMPP) to a real server (which was running on Ubuntu or some other Linux distro) and it was hard to fix the problems because of the differences between Windows and Linux servers.

I talked about this with a friend of mine and he told me about Virtual Machines (=VM). I had never heard of them before but what I heard was intriguing. Virtual Machines allow you to run a machine inside your machine, e.g. a Linux server inside your Windows machine. So you can use this VM with Linux to test your website locally before moving it to the real server. I know that no server is like the other and you might still run into some problems due to different library versions and so on, but you gotta admit that two Linux servers have way more in common than a Linux and a Windows server ;)

So in this post I’ll tell you how to setup your own VM with all the libs you need. Even if you haven’t worked with Linux before, you should be able to follow this tutorial/example easily.
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