I'm interested in how to set up a development environment for home work and study. Any guidance would be helpful.
You have started an interesting thread. The answer of your question depends on many factors:
As you could realize, there are a lot of options available. Please answer the questions above so we can better guide you!
Well I suppose I would like to install most everything, maybe not cloud yet, but PI database, OLEDB for a small sql database, AF. I would or could set up virtual machines, probably with Microsoft. I have a developers club license, so if I could use Azure I might try. I am most familiar with VB, not much C. some of the development I would do in the short term might be with office products and VB. I thinking of setting up a virtual machine on my surface 3, it is a higher end one.
I know there are a lot of options, that is why I would like to get a little advice before I start, or even buy a new pc to host the system(s) on.
I currently working full time as a IT manager at a paper mill and have many years working with pi at most levels. I'm going to retire soon, but might do some contract PI work, depending on who is hired to replace me, which is why I I'm thinking about working some at home.
Thanks for posting answer Craig!
I will share with you what I would do. It depends on how many machines there are available to work with.
I like to start at least with 3 machines:
If it is possible to have more machines:
Having a machine just for web products are useful when you want to learn more about Kerberos and also to split the load of the products on the server machine. I also don’t know if having an environment with collectives is something useful to you.
You can also duplicate machines above with different versions of products. If you want to troubleshoot code, this is an interesting architecture. So you could have, for instance:
Those machines are useful to test CTP and Beta products.
All in all, what I have written here is just an idea. You need to think what you actually want to learn and then design a possible architecture suitable for you.
Hope it helps!
thanks, all very helpful. will give it some more thought.
If you are ok with just running one version of all software, i typically do all of my development work in a single VM. Data Archive, AF, SQL, Domain Controller, CoreSight, Web API, some interfaces, Pi Manual Logger, OLEDB, Office and plugins (DataLink, Pi Builder, point builder), Client tools (PB and the like) SMT, etc. About everything an Enterprise Agreement would buy. You have some limitations using DevClub license, around interfaces and such.
Development tools like Visual Studio i run from the host.
Adding SharePoint and WebParts is where i got into trouble in the past, so i have a separate VM for that. For beta testing i use a clone of the VM, and i don't do HA often so i don't need multiple servers. if a client has HA, they probably have sufficient resources to be able to do HA-specific testing.
Except for a few workarounds, this works ok for me. Just a plain W2008 / W2012 Standard server, running 4 to 8 Gb of allocated memory.
Have you considered using the Virtual Learning Lab Environment ?
Perhaps this isn't strictly what you had in mind, but it's a quick start and does have the complete PI System ready for use.
Quoting the FAQ:
The Virtual Learning Environment gives you access to a working PI System that is running and available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
It is composed of virtual machines hosted on Microsoft Azure that you can access remotely.
great idea, will check it out.
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