Ok so basically I have a web server in a datacenter. However I have purchased a new enterprise SSD and I had it shipped to my house. Rather than installing it on another server in my datacenter, what I want to do is put some things on it while at my office, and later have it sent to the datacenter ready-to-go.
What I am not sure is what is involved in doing this. I am aware I need a static IP or at least an unchanging IP for the duration of the server's uptime while at my house. Besides that, I am not sure. Basically I want to fully configure a new server onto my new SSD (which I know how to do), but do that from home. That way I can send the completed and ready-to-go SSD to be plugged into my server.
What I want to know is how I can do this from home. I have a Windows computer. Of course, I will need to install CentOS onto the SSD and then be able to have it access the internet to do things like download software over SSH, etc.
What do I need to do for this? Can I perform this operation within Windows? How can I do this without booting into the drive alone (which would otherwise disable my computer while temporary server is in use, which is impractical)?
Moreover, how would I configure IP without having my ISP give me a static IP which my ISP does not offer (I asked)? Keep in mind this server is temporary only for configuration, would not be up for more than a week or two which means that my home external IP address would work just fine.
Any advice you could give on this operation will be very appreciated. I do not intend to run a home server as that is not a good idea for so many reasons. I only want to know how to do this because once I know how I can do a similar operation in the future when I need to. It sure beats the difficulties with remote setup and trying to get my server farm to exchange hard drives and assist in setup. I would prefer to do things myself as much as possible.
To be clear, I am asking about running a server on a second drive in my computer from my home temporarily from within Windows.
My computer's main drive is running windows. I will be connecting this drive which will run CentOS as a second drive in my computer. My home internet has just 1 external IP address.
The details on issues I have regarding this are above. Rather than asking 7 different questions on Superuser about the same topic, I made it in just one question since it is all the same topic.
The goal is to turn on my computer running windows and install CentOS on the second drive which is my enterprise SSD which I just bought (I already know how to install CentOS). And then use this second drive as a web server in order to finish configuring the drive (which I already know how to do the software config) as a web server accessible on the internet.