It is always best to install and use a “test” and/or “development” Adaptive Server, then remove it before you create the “production” server. Using a test server makes it easier to plan and test different configurations and less stressful to recover from mistakes. It is much easier to learn how to install and administer new features when there is no risk of having to restart a production server or re-create a production database.
If you decide to use a test server, we suggest that you do so from the point of installing or upgrading Adaptive Server through the process of configuring the server. It is in these steps that you make some of the most important decisions about your final production system. The following sections describe the ways in which using a test server can help System Administrators.