Getting Apache working on just my Mac wasn't too hard. But trying to make test domains resolve from other computers does not work so far for me.
I don't know what version you are using but if I try to add
NameVirtualHost 127.0.0.1 192.168.1.100
to httpd.conf, then loading Apache errors out with the message
NameVirtualHost takes one argument, A numeric IP address:port, or the name of a host
It will load if I take out the localhost IP so it reads
But then using your recommendation with multiple development sites such as
<VirtualHost test.icalshare.com 192.168.1.100>
<VirtualHost test.icalshare2.com 192.168.1.100>
produces the error
[warn] VirtualHost 192.168.1.100:80 overlaps with VirtualHost 192.168.1.100:80, the first has precedence, perhaps you need a NameVirtualHost directive
If I eliminate the IP so it is just name based VirtualHost,
then it works fine on my Mac. But not from PCs on the LAN. It's great to run cgi's and Php, but being able to test all this on a local PC would be a huge help.
Do I need to run a DNS server? Bind is on the Mac but I don't know if it really needs a dedicated machine. And it sounds like overkill (I've only got 2 Macs and 2 PCs).
Does anyone know of a solution? A tutorial on intranets would be great.