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best practise for creating staging environment

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 05, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

I am trying to create a staging environment which is the same configuration as production (1 WFE, 1 SQL DB, 1 APP, and Active Directory) but on a separate network. 

So we can have servers in both staging and production has the same exact names.  From time to time, I can refresh the production server farm to staging easily. I was told this is the best practice from Microsoft.

Does anyone who where I can find those related information and instructions to build such kind of staging environment?

Thanks in advance,



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