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    Web application development on Virtual Machine

    Hi,

    I apologise if this question seems to be unprofessional, but i am new to the topic of Virtual machines. I am a student developing a web application which uses MySQL and Virtuoso databases.My university allows the students to host PHP web applications but does not allow students to install other applications on the limited alloted server space and in my case i would like to install Virtuoso. Therefore my professor suggested that i should develop my application on a virtual machine, meanwhile he would discuss with the university to come up with a possible solution.He also suggested that by developing the website on virtual machine it would be easier to deploy to the live server once we find one.
    I have looked up free virtual machine servers like VMServer and VirtualBox but i am not sure if this is what is required in my case.Also i am still not clear how developing website on virtual machine is different from developing it simply on my PC.
    I would greatly appreciate any help and suggestion for my above query.

    Thanks!!

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    Hi,

    This is a good idea because you could install almost anything on the virtual machine.
    How to use it ?

    First, setup the Operating system.
    You could download a Virtual Appliance which is an image with an installed OS.

    VirtualBox Virtual Appliances
    http://virtualboximages.com

    VMware
    http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/cat/508

    Second, After you setup the OS you'll have to setup webserver, database etc.

    Third, give an IP
    then you access it as: http://192.168.0.100

    if you have given that IP.

    You could setup the viritual machine will be accessible from the LAN you'll have to check the network settings otherwise only the host machine will *see* it.

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