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    Question Moving accounts with smallest amount of downtime?

    I am going to be moving all of my shared hosting clients, and my main website, to a new server late tonight during off peak hours, and I was wondering what method you all suggest to get the least amount of downtime possible?

    Can I setup the new servers IP's on my nameservers so that they are as follows:

    NS1.MYNAMESERVER.COM = IPADDRESS#1 & IPADDRESS#2
    NS2.MYNAMESERVER.COM = IPADDRESS#1 & IPADDRESS#2

    Where IPADDRESS#1 is the IP to the old server I'm moving from, and IPADDRESS#2 is the IP of the server I am moving to?

    If not, what method do you all suggest? I have already emailed all of my clients that are hosted on that server to let them know about the move, so I'm covered there but, I would like to get the least amount of downtime possible.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Are you using cpanel or what?
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    Yes, both servers are cPanel.

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    Least downtime for Mysql Based Sites --
    Server 1: Create backup and transfer to server 2
    Server 2: restore backup and test
    Server 2: add IP of old server to MySQL access list
    Server 1: Put site in maintenance mode and export database
    Server 2: Restore database and make sure site looks right, take out of maintenance mode
    Server 1: redirect mysql calls to server 2's IP
    DNS: Redirect DNS to point to new server


    Of course this is alot of work but you asked for the least downtime. I have used this method to transfer very large and active sites with a 5 minute outage window. The trick is to make sure that you actually test everything.

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    Use cpanel express transfer. It updates the dns on the old server and puts up a maintenance page for users who have the old IPs cached on their system.
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