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    Most optimal way to transfer ~ 2000 accounts

    Hi WHT!

    We're currently a small hosting company (around 90 customers (110 hosting packages)), and we've got this awesome offer to 'buy' a web-hosting company.

    We're a high performance web-hosting, this means we store a maximum of 60 accounts on each server (32 gigs of memory, 8 cores etc.)

    The company we maybe want to buy, is a low-cost company (non-high performance), and have around 2000 accounts.
    This is currently running on 2 dedicated servers, one with 20 gigs of memory, and 6 cores, and one server with 28 gigs of memory and 12 cores.

    Since we don't want to use their current provider, we need to transfer around 2000 accounts (We're talking around 400 gigabyte of data).

    My question is, is there any way that is more optimal than using the cpanel multi-account transfer?

    If not, any that have some tips, for doing this rather big migration.

    We've done a lot of web-site migrations in the past, causing no downtime at all, but using the same method for 2000 accounts is too much, so any that have experience with migrating large amount of accounts, that have some good tips, both in terms of minimizing downtime, speeding up the process, etc.

    Additional information:
    - Current servers is located in UK and new servers will be in Amsterdam
    - They run 2x dedicated servers, and 2x VPS for DNS
    - They run MySQL locally on the servers

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    If you want to consolidate servers, then cPanel multi-account transfer will be the cleanest and most efficient way of transferring all those accounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianHarrison View Post
    If you want to consolidate servers, then cPanel multi-account transfer will be the cleanest and most efficient way of transferring all those accounts.
    Thank you very much for the fast reply Brian!

    I assume that it would be beneficial to lower the TTL of all DNS records in advance, to make the switch faster, just like a normal migration process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosting4Real View Post
    Hi WHT!

    We're currently a small hosting company (around 90 customers (110 hosting packages)), and we've got this awesome offer to 'buy' a web-hosting company.

    We're a high performance web-hosting, this means we store a maximum of 60 accounts on each server (32 gigs of memory, 8 cores etc.)

    The company we maybe want to buy, is a low-cost company (non-high performance), and have around 2000 accounts.
    This is currently running on 2 dedicated servers, one with 20 gigs of memory, and 6 cores, and one server with 28 gigs of memory and 12 cores.

    Since we don't want to use their current provider, we need to transfer around 2000 accounts (We're talking around 400 gigabyte of data).

    My question is, is there any way that is more optimal than using the cpanel multi-account transfer?

    If not, any that have some tips, for doing this rather big migration.

    We've done a lot of web-site migrations in the past, causing no downtime at all, but using the same method for 2000 accounts is too much, so any that have experience with migrating large amount of accounts, that have some good tips, both in terms of minimizing downtime, speeding up the process, etc.

    Additional information:
    - Current servers is located in UK and new servers will be in Amsterdam
    - They run 2x dedicated servers, and 2x VPS for DNS
    - They run MySQL locally on the servers
    With some epic planning you should be able to move everything just fine and I guess you will be moving these accounts so there spread over more servers rather than just the 2 which would make more sense anyway and seems they appear to be running there own DNS cluster downtime shouldn't be an issue here as you simply add the new servers to the DNS cluster. If these are lots of small accounts you shouldn't have much problem with the cPanel root migration tool although it doesn't tend to like bigger accounts but you simply run Rsync at the end to ensure everything was moved over.

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    If you do choose to use the multi-account copy feature in WHM, it would be best doing it via a VPN or other system that won't get shutdown / disturbed. Doing it via a regular desktop PC isn't a great idea.

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    Then cPanel multi-account transfer is a good idea but the DNS propagation can't be avoided. It could cause some downtime.

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    You could compress all accounts on existing servers and sync the data to new servers, providing there's enough free space on existing servers for you to temporarily store the compressed files. And then you just restore all accounts on the new servers.

    Probably best to just use cPanel's multi-account transfer tools.

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    The disks on the current servers is rather large, and on the new, there will be around 2 TB usable space.

    I'll use the multi-account transfer feature in cpanel, there's around 1k accounts on each server, currently, total of 180 gigs on 1 server, and around 220 on the other server, so yeah, accounts is insanely small.

    Thanks for the reply guys!

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    Let us know how that worked out for you at the end.
    Could be a good reference point for the future.

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