There seem to be quite a few posts from beginners who have difficulty installing Moodle on a server. I do it on Debian quite often and there are quite a few upgrades and extras to instal before Moodle will run. For that reason, I was wondering if others have used virtual environments like VMWare or Virtual Box?
I run several test Moodle servers on my MacBook running in VMware and these machines can easily be copied wholesale to other PCs because they are just a file on the host's hard disk. They are also great for experimentation or showing Moodle at presentations etc..
We had a Server crash a while back at school and I temporarily put in the MacBook with the VM as Server with our backup data restored and NO ONE noticed any difference in performance!!! Ok we're a small school, but wouldn't offering a VM package with the latest Moodle all configured and ready to go be a good idea?
To run a preconfigured VM one can even use the FREE player version of VMWare.
Link to VMWare Player for PC http://www.vmware.com/products/player/overview.html