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    Transferring Servers

    I need to to be able to transfer servers in the future.


    Currently, I have no idea of how to do so.

    Can someone guide me in the right direction?

    Your time is appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Do you have any control panel?
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    I would use 'wget' (depending on Control Panels). To learn more there is a great guide I found on Google http://www.sitefuse.com/f16/t22.html Best of luck!
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    Thank you for all your replies.

    No I'm not using any popular control panels like Cpanel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emenace View Post
    Thank you for all your replies.

    No I'm not using any popular control panels like Cpanel.
    Okay, if you don't mind me asking you what do you use for a control panel then?
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    rsync can be very helpful in migrating a live server from one place to another.

    to avoid issues in the future I would suggest you create a big virtual machine to host all your stuff - very easy to backup and migrate (won't help you now but for future reference).
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    Considering the technological advantages we have currently, i would suggest deploying your server as a vztemplate.

    This would enable you to easily migrate your server across any supported virtualization platforms.

    However if you wish to do it the old fashioned way, you can simple take the copy of the home directory and mysqldump and restore it on the new server .

    For ease of migration , a control panel based server is your best choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by The-Pixel View Post
    Okay, if you don't mind me asking you what do you use for a control panel then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emenace View Post
    I need to to be able to transfer servers in the future.


    Currently, I have no idea of how to do so.

    Can someone guide me in the right direction?

    Your time is appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    Its quite easy process here are the steps recently i followed and transferred 30 plain servers without anycontrol panel.

    1. make list of domains.
    2. make list of database associated w.r.t domain.
    3. make list of domains whose Nameserver pointing to same hosting company.
    4. If Nameserver is not pointing to us only A record is pointing to us so make the list of that as well separte.
    5. transfer 5 domains in one day, initially transfer same configuration of apache/ftp/mysql/awstat to that new shared hosting server with respect to domain name.
    6. transfer document roots.
    7. transfer database in off peak timings.
    8. change the ip address from name server and change the related zone file entry against that domain, if you have any ambugity you can revert back, but it is not if you move with proper plan.
    9. if move is successful then day by day move to domains to new server lets say 20 ro 30 or whatever you can make it.
    10. After all transfer for domains whose Nameserver pointing to same hosting company, then start moving domains which we have only "A" record then go for same process.

    Regarding Dedicated server.

    I do same for dedicated server transfer its not difficult because we have only one domain hosted on the VPS.

    Regarding Control Panel.

    If you use control panel, obviously first you need to transfer domains document root and database according to your requirement and watch it for some time after that go a head, its not difficult much, but it required proper documentation when you migrate and it varies hosting company to hosting company.

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    i recently did this with a vps, i don't control the host node so can't use vzmigrate/vzdump or just tar up /vz/private/<veid>/

    basically as long as the new hosts vztemplate is the same (say one of the openvz precreated templates for centos) then you can basically use rsync over ssh.

    avoid copying /proc and /dev, but the rest such as /var, /home, /etc, /bin, /lib, /usr, /sbin, /root; can be rsycned using something like this from the current vps as root:

    Code:
    rsync -azvp --progress --delete --numeric-ids /var/ [email protected]:/var/
    rsync -azvp --progress --delete --numeric-ids /etc/ [email protected]:/etc/
    rsync -azvp --progress --delete --numeric-ids /home/ [email protected]:/home/
    then reboot the new vps's. i even did this from one running vps to three other running vps's!

    make sure you can do an os reload from your control panel in case things go wrong though, usual disclaimer applies if it goes titsup!

    i guess you could do the same for a dedicated machine too, or use something like ghost4linux.

    note this is more for cloning a machine, not really for backup as you kind of have to restore the whole thing, and only have the latest copy, unless you use hard links to store rsync snapshots.
    Last edited by sej7278; 09-08-2009 at 02:08 PM.

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