As part of your Remote Administration subscription, an RA environment is provided to enable initial testing of new security update branches. However this environment must first be configured in order for the site to display and behave correctly.
The first step to successfully getting the RA environment ready for testing is to set up the domains. Once you have a list of your domains and their IP addresses, you can either update your local /etc/hosts file or work with your DNS provider to permanently set up these domains for RA. If you elect to use the /etc/hosts file, entries should be added using the following format. Once you’ve made all the relevant changes, you should run a local DNS cache clear to ensure your changes are recognised.
The next stage of setting up is to make sure that your sites.php file contains RA specific entires. You may have previously set site information for the Dev, Staging and Production environments so setting up RA follows a similar format. Below is an example of how to add an entry for RA, where the ra site is on the left and the site to map to is on the right.
// Remote Administration.$sites['examplera.prod.acquia-sites.com'] = 'example.com';
Another file which may need some configuration is the .htaccess file. In some cases the file may need to include some rewrite rules to make sure that RA is displayed correctly. For help in correctly writing these rules please refer to our documentation page: