I recently found myself working on a Windows 8 machine and needed to set up a local development environment for Worpdress. Previously I would have installed something like XAMPP and gone through the usual windows installation dtramas. A good friend of mine, who is an uber-nerd recommended something called VirtualBox a while ago because I’d asked advice about learning about Unix sysadmin, setting up DNS and so forth. So I thought rather than mess around with some LAMP imitator why don’t I just give this VirtualBox malarchy a go?
What’s that all about?
What you’re actually doing when you use VirtualBox is setting up another “virtual computer” which runs on your “host computer”.
There’s a really good guide here for anyone who wants to give this a try. Just a quick heads-up, the install of the operating system on the Virtual Machine does appear to take quite a long time. I’ll be leaving mine overnight to install.
Quick update. After leaving the install running overnight I had to do it again. Worked much quicker on second attempt.