Hi there – if you’re running openBalena on bare metal hardware, you may find that you can run a development instance successfully in a VM; I’d watch out for performance issues, though, if you don’t have sufficient RAM and CPU to run both. Alternately, you could copy the docker-compose.yml file and modify it as necessary to run as a separate instance. Ultimately, you may find that the easiest way to do this, though, is to set up a separate machine (whether bare metal or a separate VPS instance).
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