Install an Existing Site in a Development 8.2 Local Environment

Peter Wooster asked on May 7, 2020 17:46

I want to create a development copy of an existing Kentico 8.2 site on my local machine for testing. I've got Kentico 8.2, a copy of the database installed in SQL Server, and the files installed under inetpub\wwwroot.

I've read a few documents on installation and they all recommend the installation wizard, which wants to overwrite the files.

Is there a document that explains how to achieve this goal?

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Peter Mogilnitski answered on May 7, 2020 18:22

Technically if you copy the web site from the live server and connect it to a copy of your live DB - that should be enough to run it. You might need to have a Kentico installation on your local machine, because you might need some utilities that come with it, but it is not required to run the web site.

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Peter Wooster answered on May 7, 2020 20:10

Thanks for the quick reply. I still need to determine the correct SQL connection string and get IIS to find the site. I'll let you know if I get it running.

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Peter Mogilnitski answered on May 8, 2020 04:34

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Peter Wooster answered on May 9, 2020 20:35

I got the system to work. There were a few additional problems that I was able to overcome. The most troublesome was the RequireSSL buried in the security settings of the root document. Setting it to Never didn't work, but setting it to No did.

The other problem is the license. I can't get the site to run without giving it the same domain as the live site. You would think for a product that costs like Kentico, there would be a straight forward way to run a development copy. I set the domain in the hosts file and it's now working.

Thank you all for your assistance.

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