I manage a website for a business and we are in the process of looking for a new host. As part of this our current host gives us a staging and production environment. The website is currently being hosted on a Win2k server box. (don't get me started on why the host is running the site on old outdated servers. it's something about that's the package we bought years ago...)
The hosting company provides us staging and production environments. Since this is a win2k server, they use Microsoft's site server to handle the movement of the site from staging to production. I have a web page I log into and press a button to facilitate the movement. The page gives me the status of replication.
The potential new hosts have told me that my site is too sophisticated for sharred hosting and that I need to look at their VPS offerings. This is due to the fact that I require a site catelog to be generated for the site's search feature. I want to keep the search feature and am looking to go the VPS route. This means that I will be responsible for everything that happens on the server.
Does anyone know of a piece of server software that will allow me to move a site into production from a staging environment. The 2 sites will run on the same box configured as different sites under IIS. I would like to have a web based interface like MS's Site server such that I can publish the site regardless of whether I'm in the office or at home. I'm trying to avoid remotely connecting to the server and using some folder syncronization software.