This work by Mari Cruz García is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License. Mari Cruz is an educational technologist at the University of Dundee and supports an online postgraduate programme there.
According to her note to Moodlenews,
I have elaborated a guide about how to set up a staging Moodle, as a replica of the production site, which I have shared with the Moodle UK community. I would like to share the guide with the rest of the community. Coming myself from an original Linux background, I think that the guide could be very useful for those administrators-technicians who have to start using Moodle in a windows server.
Within the PDF Mari Cruz provides the 7 steps in detail of how to copy your production Moodle site for staging and/or testing.
From gathering information to configuring the new installation it’s all detailed.
- Basic requirements
- folders structure
- IIS configuration
- Changes in php.ini
- configuration of MySQL
- Restoring Moodle from backup database
- configuring Moodle
The guide also links to handy tools/resources to make the process easier.
Download the guide: Setting up a Moodle staging server (general version)