Installing XAMPP on a network shared external drive

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Installing XAMPP on a network shared external drive

Postby dormston » 28. June 2010 11:59

Just got a new computer and would ideally like to install XAMPP on an external drive which is network shared.

Is this possible. I'm a bit new to the network attached storage so confused. But I'd like to be able to access my 'local' testing server wherever I am from whatever computer I'm using.

Any help (in simple terms pls) gratefully recieved!
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Re: Installing XAMPP on a network shared external drive

Postby JonB » 30. June 2010 04:17

OK -

on a local network, the XAMMP installation will have to reside (or start really) from one machine with a static address on your network (say

As to installing XAMMP to the shared network drive, you can do that. Its not neccessry if you only want to access the files through a browser. (use the webserver). you'll be able to do that by using that fixed IP in a browser anywhere on your network. (point the browser to

If you want to be able to easily edit the files and work the configuration, start/restart services from all your machines, you should map the same drive letter to the shared drive where XAMPP is installed. (or use the portable version of XAMPP - there are a few limitations). Note: doing this will mean that in order to access XAMMP from other machines, you'll need to keep track of the IP's of the different workstations it runs from.

I hope this helps --

Good Luck
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