Merge & Import Question

xlegends

Member
Hi guys,

I have 2 forums at VB425/php71

The goal is, I want them merged into 1 forum and changed over to XenForo.


Is it best to merge them first then import into XenForo or import them separately into XenForo then merge.

So basically is it easier to merge as 2 Vb forums or 2 XenForo forums?

Also, all I care about is the members, forums, threads & posts.


As u know, merging tools for VB/impex are outdated and would require to be contracted out.

I thought maybe it would be easier for me or whomever to do the merge after they convert to XenForo.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
It likely doesn't make much difference but you may as well import the first VB forum into XF, then import the second.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
Any number of forums from different software can be imported into the same XF installation.

Accounts with the same name or email address can be merged or renamed.
 

xlegends

Member
Any number of forums from different software can be imported into the same XF installation.

Accounts with the same name or email address can be merged or renamed.

This is music to my ears.

Now, I have like a thousand overlapping clients. Is there an automation process or do I have to interact every step when there is a duplicate detected?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
The XF2 importers automatically rename them and then tell you at the end what they were changed to.

This allows CLI importing (and multi-threaded importing) to complete without being interrupted.
 

xlegends

Member
Hi mr Brogan,

I did a trial run last night. I used PHP import option instead of the CLI command line so I can see what that looks like. All went pretty smooth. Only 1 minor issue. The forum (node) permissions were a little off which is no biggie if thats expected.

Also, I didnt do the XF docs recommended preparation step of moving all the vb4 forums into 1 category on source DB. Not sure if that would have helped the permissions to migrate better. I skipped it cause it seemed like a lot of work.

Let me know if u have any further recommendations. If not, Im going to restore XF to the default clean initial setup DB and then I will migrate both vb4 forums one at a time on top of each other. This time I will run both imports via CLI.
 

xlegends

Member
ya so im looking thru I had special mod groups, Team Mods, chief mods, etc that didnt get migrated as mods and all my regular custom user posts go to moderation.

This is no normal that some of the user/group and mode permissions are off a bit?

If so Im ready to roll and do a real migration and clean up after.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
The mapping isn't an exact science, which is why all user groups and permissions should be checked after importing.

Make a note of any steps you take for your test imports and it's then easy and quick to work through those steps when doing the final import.
 

xlegends

Member
Brogan is this the correct

XenForo redirects for vBulletin 4


I thought it shipped with the product?
 

djbaxter

Well-known member
XenForo redirects for vBulletin 4


I thought it shipped with the product?
The latest version is 1.1.5 - download it here:

 

djbaxter

Well-known member
I've never done that but since it's working on your Xenforo database I think it should be fine. Just not sure how you would do it though.

@Brogan can you address this?
 

xlegends

Member
from what I see here is you can choose which log table to use during this redirection process

So, not sure what happens when I do the 2nd DB import and attempt to redirect. If u can not redirect 2 different imports than what may happen is I wont redirect the first DB import (retain IDs) and redirect the 2nd.
 

djbaxter

Well-known member
That is exactly the question, @xlegends. You may need an edit to the redirection addon but I have no idea what would be required.
 
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xlegends

Member
Well I installed the redirect addon, went to options, I picked out of the import log hit save and nothing happened.

Even the first DB forum I imported where it kept the same IDs, the old links aren't accessible


vb4 old link
/forums/showthread.php?267-Vip-Support-Poll!!!

XF new link
/forums/index.php?threads/vip-support-poll.267/


and the 2nd import is more complex as the IDs changed


any ideas?
 

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