HEAT beta network is an exact clone of the main HEAT blockchain, the HEAT developers use the beta network to try out and test updates before we apply them to the main network.
The beta server is built in such a way that its safe to run it besides your existing HEAT server (on the same machine).
In order to truly replicate the main chain beta net releases are seeded with all past blocks and transactions from the main chain.
To prevent transaction replay (sending betanet transactions to the main net) the transaction byte layout is different on beta net, preventing them to be valid on the main net.
Beta net releases have a snapshot height which indicates at what height we snapshot the main chain, beta net releases have this snapshot height built in.
When running the beta net server you have the choice of downloading the blockchain from the network, or to speed up things you could copy over the main chain blockchain which can be found in the blockchain folder.Installation
These instructions apply for linux servers.
An alternative method is to run the server in a background process.