XF 2.2 Moving a Xenforo forum WITHOUT host/server access or even "Super Administrator" access

vintage

Member
There is a forum where the owner has passed on. There is a user who is an "admin", but they do not have access to the server/host. They DO have access to the admin.php panel. They are NOT a 'Super Administrator". The forum is on XF 1.1.2... yikes!
Is it possible to migrate the forum content and users to a new Xenforo installation WITHOUT access to the server/host?

I'm imagining it one might be able to scrape everything from the Xenforo forum admin account, except maybe the user passwords? Probably a big job, but possible? Maybe an addon could be made to help export the data? (No Super Admin access).

(PS, all the obvious things like approaching the family heirs and asking for access to the passwords are being attempted. I'm asking about other ways in case that doesn't work out and the server username/password is gone forever.)
(PPS, the current Xenforo is not at 2.2, but it is so old I though I should ask here.)
 
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Mr. Jinx

Well-known member
You might be able to install a backup addon to make a database dump:
Hopefully 'enableAddOnArchiveInstaller' is enabled so you can install add-ons using ACP.
 

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
If the family members (or whoever is the executor of the estate) have not given you access and permission to do this, then frankly it is highly likely what you are asking is help with criminal theft of an asset from this person's estate.
 

vintage

Member
MySiteGuy: Don't worry, I wouldn't do anything without written permission. We may get permission but they do not appear to have any access to the host passwords.

edit to above, they are on XF 1.1.2 and the DO appear to have access to the admin.php panel, just not "Super" Admin.
 
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MySiteGuy

Well-known member
MySiteGuy: Don't worry, I wouldn't do anything without written permission. We may get permission but they do not appear to have any access to the host passwords.

edit to above, they are on XF 1.1.2 and the DO appear to have access to the admin.php panel.
Okay. FYI, I wasn't trying to be nit picky, rather I was trying to save you some legal grief if you didn't have permission. You never know how family might react!
 

vintage

Member
Okay. FYI, I wasn't trying to be nit picky, rather I was trying to save you some legal grief if you didn't have permission. You never know how family might react!
Yeah, I'm just trying to figure out if it's even reasonably possible to migrate the content without the host/server access or even "Super Administrator" access to the forum.
(A promoted user has "admin" access, but not "Super Admin", access.)
 

vintage

Member
You might be able to install a backup addon to make a database dump:
Hopefully 'enableAddOnArchiveInstaller' is enabled so you can install add-ons using ACP.
I don't think the admin (not a super admin) can install addons.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
Promoting an admin account to super admin status is trivial.

Even then, you won't be able to make a dump of the database (unless you use that add-on) and download the server files (attachments, avatars, etc.) without access to the server.

Yes you may be able to upgrade the site, etc. but as soon as the hosting expires (due to unpaid bills), the site will be lost.
 

vintage

Member
Promoting an admin account to super admin status is trivial.
If you have super admin access... they don't.
Even then, you won't be able to make a dump of the database (unless you use that add-on) and download the server files (attachments, avatars, etc.) without access to the server.
Is it imaginable to scrape the site?
Yes you may be able to upgrade the site, etc. but as soon as the hosting expires (due to unpaid bills), the site will be lost.
Yeah, that is the problem!
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
It would require a significant amount of time and effort to convert the scraped data into something which could be inserted into the XF database schema.
 

Kirby

Well-known member
I've done it once or twice for my company (by scraping the live forums when we aquired hosted forums where no DB dump was provided by the hoster) and once for a friend of mine who lost acess to a XenForo Installation when the webhost got bankrupt (by scraping Google Cache,
archive.org, etc.) .
 
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