Vagrant is a command line tool for provisioning virtualized environments on top of various providers, including VirtualBox, VMWare and AWS.

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There's a large number of PHP users who rely on their trusty *AMP installs to "just work". However, many need to go beyond default setups for certain frameworks or projects. When you do, these "easy" tools break down because the operating systems (and/or the applications) on which you work break standards set by the Linux/Unix servers on which the projects likely will live in production. When you start hitting these walls, it's time to leave *AMP behind and start using virtual machines to set up a "real" server. You'll never look back.

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