I have a need for a Web Server to test platform upgrades and architecture changes for the Report Center application.
We currently have a production web server that hosts Report Center running IIS 7/.Net v2.0 and I want to explore upgrading to .Net 4.0 as well as other infrastructure changes but don't want to risk changing anything on the existing server which could potentially lead to the site going down.
The server can be bare bones as far as CPU/RAM but I would like it set up similar to current so we can do complete end to end testing.
I am open to the option of using our existing server if there is someone (an IIS expert) that could guide me through how to accomplishing what I want to do without disrupting the end user experience.
We use VMWare VCenter here with option to clone (which I've done) but I've been asked to assign another IP on the same VLAN as the original. I'm hesitant to power it up as I don't want to run into any conflicts. Any suggestions?