virtual machine vs remote debugger

i am looking to give support to a site hosted on digitalocean. Normally I would maintain the website on my local machine and upload changes. However, I have a windows 10 configuration and this apparently is incompatible with some of the extensions that I have tied to COMPOSER. Specifically BORIS for one. it was suggested i set up HOMESTEAD and umbutu on my machine, but tying it all together to windows, is proving to be very troublesome. So I was wondering if it made sense to create a test duplicte site on Digitalocean, and then debug on the test site. (hopefully using a remote debugger) OR Creating a VM possibly using AZURE services - duping the site which is now here onto the VM. Then I was wondering what, who, how would it be possible to mimic it all on azure. Looking for general guidance. Thanks

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This question was answered by @ryanpq:

You have a couple options. You certainly could create a second droplet to act as your “staging” environment or you could set one up locally in a virtual machine.

Oracle Virtualbox is a free virtual machine manager that will let you run a full Ubuntu server environment on your Windows 10 machine.

You can download VirtualBox for Windows here.

and you can download the Ubuntu server ISO image here (the default option on DigitalOcean is 14.04 and I would recommend that version.

Details on how to set up an Ubuntu Virtualbox environment can be found here.

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