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Best way to mirror a web site?

By joshschick ·
We have an off-site website that we want to work on here and make sure it works fine, then upload it to the off-site location. My question is... what is the best way to get all of our website here? We have a webserver that connects with a dataserverto perform the querys on our sql db. Should I just copy the inetpub folder to the local machine and copy the sql db? Any help is appreciated.

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Best way to mirror a web site?

by md_hashim In reply to Best way to mirror a web ...

Best way is to put it on your intranet or VPN

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Best way to mirror a web site?

by Raffi_ In reply to Best way to mirror a web ...

It depends. If it is a 3rd party host (you do not control the web server) then it will be a little more difficult.

Some SQL DB's cannot just be 'copied' to another machine. You must use there migration tools or their backup/restore tools. You could also do a data dump and import into your local DB. MS SQL and Oracle both provide automatic replication technology in the DB.

As for the site files you can just FTP them down to your server. If you can access the inetpub directory on the serverthen yes, you probably have got all of your files. Except the DB of course.

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by Mark Phelan In reply to Best way to mirror a web ...

One thing here, if the data n the database is irrelivant to your development work, and all you want to mirror are the wep pages them selves, then ws_ftp pro has a mirroring tool.

Personally I work in dreamweaver ultradev, so syncronisation is notan issue, develop locally, test, upload.

If both the development environment AND the Production environment actually have access to the database server then it's just as easy, although I wouldnt recomend that route.

Lastly but by no means leastly, you could get the service provider who holds the db and current web site to do a one off manual dump of the data, use that to create your initial mirror, then use tools like ws_ftp pro, dreamweaver or another tool I use a lot, ftpsync

URL's
http://www.fileware.com
http://www.macromedia.com
http://www.ipswitch.com

The single most ipmortant factor here is making sure that the uploaded files work with existing files, for that I would make sure that whatever tool you decide to use timeAND date stamps both the remote and local files. that way if a developer makes a tiy change to that burried file deep in the tree structure, it wont get missed.

Good Luck

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