We are using WPMS to build all of the sites for our local school system. This will include the main system site, all department sites, and all school sites. All told it will be 140+ sites on WPMS.
We are developing this on a dedicated server, but the their current site has to stay live until this one is done. So I'll need to build it in the dev server, then when it's ready to go live, migrate the naming to the live convention (although on the same server.)
They want to use sub-domains, which has proved tricky to set up and plan for the move. I'd appreciate any input as the how this plan sounds.
1. Set up WPMS at at our dev server (a remote, dedicated server) using the dedicated IP address assigned to it, and sub-domaining. So the site would be accessible at http://220.127.116.11, and sub sites would be http://subsite.18.104.22.168
2. Once the sites were built and we were ready to transition to the live address, I'd follow the directions here (http://www.tutorialonweb.com/moving-wordpress-multisite-buddypress-from-local-to-live-server/) and here(http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL)
3. We should end up with a domain of ccs.k12.nc.us (which would be swapped out with the IP address in teh DB) and sub-domains would be subdomain.ccs.k12.nc.us.
Does that sound like a reasonable plan? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.