So, I have all three environments up and running. I have the prod site out of DC hosted by blackmesh.com, the best drupal hosting company there is. The quality site, which mimics the prod site perfectly past the virtualization level, from the drupal core level, the OS and patch installs and even the modules and themes installed on drupal. file structure. user accounts. access methods (although prod uses sftp and qual uses ftp) and os components like apache and mysql. very nice.
i had to reenable clean urls on the q and d boxes. which was OK. i used most of the proc that i uploaded earlier today with a few differences that are not in the instructions. but google and drupal.org were very helpful and I really didn’t have much trouble. just be aware that linux permissions seem to be trickier than perms on a windows server.
getting late, and write more tomorrow. but i am excited because i am finally going to be able to get to work on the site itself and not have to worry so much about all the infrastructure crap. i did get a few issues with file transfer worked out too. but i have a question: is there any other way to use drupals install module gui to use a protocol other than ftp? that’s the only choice in the drop down. i can ssh files to the server and i’m sure that i could install/enable the modules via the command line, but from the web admin gui running remotely, i don’t see how you could. i’ll pcik that back up more tomorrow maybe.