I'm in the early stages of planning creation of a Test Pharos environment (assuming I can convince the powers-that-be to "give" me a server to use) - we've managed to hobble along without one up to this point in time, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify NOT having a Test environment, when dealing with a public-facing system in a Local Government arena.
At present, our Prod system consists of 2 VM servers - one for the application, the other with the database, CMSIP server, license server, etc. We are currently running Uniprint 8.2.6005. My understanding is, the two-server configuration was chosen for performance/capacity reasons.
At this point in time, utilising some assumptions I've made at this point in time (am doing some reading to try and prove/disprove these assumptions), I am expecting/hoping to be able to configure the system onto a single VM box.
My expectation is that there would only be a relatively small number of clients connecting to the Test system (primarily because our clients are at multiple off-site locations, locked down quite severely, and also "secured" using DeepFreeze - and therefore difficult to point to an alternative server) at a time, and likely only one, possibly 2 printers.
Unfortunately, this pretty much (I think) stops us from using a clone of the current server as the basis for the new one, as the config is completely different. Bummer.
So, I'm thinking that, from a testing perspective, we'd be best off replicating our Production system as close as possible on test - aside from the obvious difference of location of services/database - so thatwe can also then go through the upgrade process on the box to see how it works out. Obviously not a perfect test, because having the database on a separate box could cause issues during the upgrade, but I don't think I could justify the expense of a second server just for that reason.
With regard to our current database in Prod - what would be the best way of getting this into the Test environment? Create the new setup with a blank database to get the structure etc. configured, and then import a backup from Prod over the top of it?
Anything else I should consider? Any recommendations/suggestions, etc appreciated