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  • How to create a running copy of a forum.

    Good morning all

    I was advised by the VBteam not to test the latest 4.2.1 full upgrade on a live forum. Sounds like good advice, first test it out and then do it for real.

    This means I first have to create a running copy of my forum. So here is what I did:

    I thought it was not wise to upgrade / reinstall on the actual database so I chickened out and did the following in order to give it a test before I would do it for reaL.

    -1- Made a copy on the server of the live dat6abase, named that copy vbtest
    -2- Made a new directory in the public html named that directory vbtest
    -3- FTP copied all files from live forum to the new vbtest folder
    -4- Edited config.php and changed dabase name + database user name + database pass

    I surfed to and the forum popped up. But after logging in to the forum I return back to the front page of the vbtest forum without being logged in.

    All the links of the forums go to (for instance):

    instead of going to

    Any suggestions.what could be wrong ?
    Last edited by user-1231235234532; Fri 26 Jul '13, 3:08am. Reason: PS: sorry abouy the links, I have no idea how to disable that in this forum version

  • #2
    Under, can you login there or do you also get redirected to your live forum then?

    If not, please change the URL of the test forum in AdminCP -> Settings -> Options -> Site Name / URL / Contact Details -> Forum URL
    No private support, only PM me when I ask for it. Support in the forums only.


    • #3
      Thanks Hartmut. That worked like a charm ! Logging in at the admincp,page was no problem.

      One more questions. How do I stop this test forum sending emails (subscribtions, birthdays, etcetera)


      • #4
        You would have to go through the settings/permissions to disable this.
        No private support, only PM me when I ask for it. Support in the forums only.


        • #5

          To disable emails globally in a vBulletin installation add the following to your config.php file:
          define('DISABLE_MAIL', 1);
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          Wayne Luke
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