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Mirror SharePoint Live environment to development

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint


I Realize this question has been beaten to death lately, but I think my request is different. I have built a development farm to mirror our live MOSS 2007 farm, but am looking at a way to keep the development environment up to date with the live environment besides from a content perspective. I already have a solution in place to mirror the content db, but what about all of the binaries outside of the db's? For example, lets say I have two web parts deplolyed in live, but dozens deployed on development. I would like to "refresh" my development environment so that it represents what is in live, since every web part I have deployed in development adds elements to the web.config, binaries in GAC, customizations, etc....in essence dirties up the environment.

Besides cloning, which brings about different issues that make it undesireable.....is there any information available on designing a Development to Staging to Live environment.....or are there third party products that can "replicate" the content as well as what is outside of the content database in order to "mirror" a production version of our live environment to development? In addition, can this be done periodically so that developement environment can be "refreshed" by the live environments most current state?


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