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I have a server that is hosted a la http://mydomain.com I'd like to create a new server, and install all software from scratch (onto a VM locally first, and then move the vm to a new host).

How can I test out things like email, etc. to make sure they are working prior to launching the new machine.

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Ehr.. Try them out? ^^; I'm sorry but I think this question is a bit too vague.. –  Joril Jul 28 '10 at 15:28
    
Well what I was asking was how would I configure DNS for example so that I can test it locally before the changeover of DNS/IP addresses. –  NinjaCat Jul 28 '10 at 16:06
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You may want to look at this question which is about testing out alternail mail filtering solution but really covers a lot of generic methods for testing email. –  Zoredache Jul 28 '10 at 16:23
    
Hi Zoredache. Thanks... Wanna put that into the answer field so I can mark it off? –  NinjaCat Jul 31 '10 at 23:33
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