Best practices for test environment
We have a K1000 and want to test things in a controlled environment. I'm wondering what others do in the community. It's been suggested here that we get another K1000 for testing but i'm not sure that's the best way to go. My thought is that we just need a test lab of computers to mess around with. I know you can cause issues if you make the wrong change on the K1000. Any best practices tips? Our K1000 admin was cut and we're redistributing work.
Community Chosen Answer
SMal and nheyne both have great suggestions.
You could use a different organization for your test group. Submit a support ticket if you do not have organizations enabled. Otherwise, you can purchase a VM license for a test K1000 if you want to have a separate K1000.
Either way, my suggestion would be to use a test group either through separate orgs or labels, such as your IT department, to deploy to initially to test out patches, MIs, etc.
I'm a big fan of using VMs for this purpose because it's very easy to revert to a snapshot if something goes wrong. The only caveat to this is that you can't test things like Dell updates on VMs.