Converted LocalHost Drupal site to Multisite

Search is a Wonderful Thing

Someone else has done it already so I followed their lead

I found this page on and decided to follow it’s instructions

Keep in mind, I’m fairly new to Drupal, Linux and Apache servers

  • Followed directions to set default site hostname
    • Create a file called /etc/apache2/sites-available/drupal7 saying:
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName drupal7
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName foxfamily
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName foxcustom
    • Create a file called /etc/apache2/conf.d/drupal7.conf saying:
      Alias drupal7
      Alias foxfamily
      Alias foxcustom
      <Directory /vagrant/public/var/ww/drupal7>
      Options +FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
      order allow,deny
      allow from all
  • Created new databases
    • Using Putty – created dbname_fox and dbname_default
  • Setting up Subdirectories
    • Since I didn’t understand the structure of apache, I set up everything under /vagrant/public
    • So, I moved everything, except for the make file and made var/www/drupal7
    • created /sites/ directory
    • created /sites/ directory
    • Followed Bulk loop 2 and copied /sites/default to /sites/
    • For each site subdirectory, I edited setting.php to have the database names for each site
      • – dbname_fox
      • fox-custom-software-com – dbname (no change)
      • default – dbname_default
    • Copy /var/www/drupal7/sites/example.sites.php to /var/www/drupal7/sites/sites.php .
    • Edited the site.php and set up entries for all the hosts:
      • $sites[drupal7] = “”;
      • $sites[foxcustom] = “”;
      • $sites[foxfamily] = “”;
    • Setting the hostnames – /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/drupal7
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName drupal7
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName foxfamily
      <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /vagrant/public/var/www/drupal7
      ServerName foxcustom
    • In /etc/apache2/conf.d/drupal7.conf added lines for each host
      • Alias drupal7
      • Alias foxcustom
      • Alias foxfamily
      • The whole file:
        Alias drupal7
        Alias foxfamily
        Alias foxcustom<Directory /vagrant/public/var/ww/drupal7>
        Options +FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        order allow,deny
        allow from all
    • Relauch Apache
      • sudo service apache2 restart
      • I got some messages
        Restarting web server apache2                                                apache2: Could not reliably determine the server’s fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
        [Sat Feb 16 02:45:23 2013] [warn] NameVirtualHost *:443 has no VirtualHosts
        … waiting apache2: Could not reliably determine the server’s fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
        [Sat Feb 16 02:45:24 2013] [warn] NameVirtualHost *:443 has no VirtualHosts
      • Using my browser, I went to foxfamily/install.php and set up the blank site
      • Using my browser, I went to drupal7/install.php and set up the blank site.


    • Since I copied everything from sites/default to sites/ and followed the suggestion to not use the sites/default, I had to correct some file name errors and had to correct entry in Configuration>Media>Public file system path to sites/


  • Learn how to use Backup/Restore Module (This is a reoccurring theme with me)
  • Learn more about Apache – I later saw that there is a /var directory, but decided to put the stuff under /vagrant/public so I could use the Windows editors that I know and (love?).  I know that I have to be careful as Windows has a habit of putting CR LF where you don’t want them. (or is it the other way around?)
  • Work on redoing my family website into Drupal and then migrating this whole mess up to my Host.

Drupal Multihost on VirtualBox – Part 1

The Misadventures of Dabbling into Drupal and VirtualBox

Part 1: Following the Directions from Katy’s Site

I looked at the Part 1 directions and installed:

  1. VirualBox
    1. Download and install VirtualBox from
      Start VirtualBox.
  2. Vagrant
    1. Download and install the latest version of Vagrant from For this tutorial, we will use version 1.0.6.
      Windows users, download Vagrant.msi
    2. You may need to add “C:/vagrant/vagrant/bin” to your Path
  3. Create a directory /workflow under $c:/Users/[your user]
  4. Git
    1. Download Git for Windows here:
    2. See tutorial on How to Install Git in Windows 7 PC.
  5. Download Vagrant Chef script with Git, Open Git-Bash and type the following commands:
    1. $ cd C:/Users/User/workflow
    2. $ git clone
  6.  In order for this chef script to work on Wndows 7, you need to make the following edits in a file called VagrantfileLine 24  should be: config.vm.forward_port(80,8888)Line 29 should be: config.vm.share_folder(“v-root”, “/vagrant”, “.” :nfs => FALSE)
  7. Open your text editor in Windows and edit  $c:/Windows/System32/etc/hosts file dev-site.vm
  8. Use a Windows command prompt to install the Linux+Apache+PHP in the VirtualBox
    1. C:/Users/User>
    2. C:/Users/User> cd workflow
    3. C:/Users/User> cd vagrant-chef-dlamp
    4. C:/Users/User/workflow/vagrant-chef-dlamp> vagrant destroy
    5. C:/Users/User/workflow/vagrant-chef-dlamp > vagrant up
    6. The ‘vagrant up’ command will take time…
    7. Create a Shared folder  – shared between Windows and Vagrant DLAMP server In Windows cmd prompt:
      C:/Users/User/workflow/vagrant-chef-dlamp> mkdir public
  9. Putty (What you use to work on your virtual system)
    1. Install Putty –
    2. Open Putty
      1. Setup the Hostname as:
      2. Port: 2222
    3. You get a nasty security message, Click Yes
    4. Login: vagrant
    5. Password: vagrant
  10. Go to and create your drush file.  Download and Save it in the C:/Users/[youruser]/workflow/vagrant-chef-dlamp/public as starter.make
  11. There are some errors in the drush make file that need to be corrected:
    1. This line projects[drupal][version] = 7 should be projects[drupal][version] = 7.19 or
    2. projects[] = drupal
  12. Back in Putty session:
    1. $ drush make starter.make
    2. $ drush site-install – -db-url=mysql://root:root@localhost/dbname – Note** – the last part of this command created a dbname database for me
  13. Misc Drush Commands:
    1. Drush dl modulename1 for download
    2. Drush en modulename1 for enable
    3. Drush pm-disable modulename1 for disable
  14. Look at your site – http://dev-site.vm/

Problems encountered:

Vagrant up:  I had some odd messages that I needed a better guest additions and spent a lot of wasted time, thinking that is why the drush make and drush site-install didn’t work.

I had problems that the drush acted like it downloaded stuff, but didn’t really do it. Then when I went to do the drush site-install, it wouldn’t find Drupal.   I ended up going back to and regenerating a make file and downloading it. (Well, I actually did a Select-All and Copy-and-paste into the starter.make file)

Putty:  directory not found problem – I ended up making sure to do a cd / to go back to the root of the Linux and then cd dir1/dir2 (or whatever)

After the VirtualBox crash:  I had my laptop down for hibernate and it shut itself down and forced Virtual Box down.  (hadn’t been saved). When I restarted it, then it had problems finding the /public directory and I started again to reload the box.

Next Posts:  How I copied from Live Site down to VirtualBox, How I converted to a Multisite on the VirtualBox