We have SharePoint 2013 Production and Development environments. Prod is on premise whereas Dev is on Cloud.
We have Web, App, OWA & SQL servers in both farms. Apart from Hardware specs configurations (which off course are superior for Production environment than Dev) I need to make at software level both are exactly on same page. Also the data in both cases will be different production having live data. e.g. –
- Windows and SharePoint patches are exactly same.
- Same Services are Running on both farms
- Same SharePoint Features are activated on both ends etc.
What other things should I consider to make sure my both environment are replica. This will greatly help in testing any changes like Software or patch updates testing on dev environment first then on production.