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Moving Servers

JamesBrown

Well-known member
#1
I am moving from one dedicated linux server to another. Can anyone point me to an idiots guide to doing this with the minimum downtime to my forum.

I figure making the domain on the new server, installing a fresh copy of all the forum files into it (the new server has a different file structure httpdocs, instead of htdocs so paths will be wrong, will this break stuff?

Making a new database on the new server with the same name as my current then restoring a backup of the live database over it.

Change the nameservers and see if anything breaks, is that about it?

Thanks
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#3
I figure making the domain on the new server, installing a fresh copy of all the forum files into it (the new server has a different file structure httpdocs, instead of htdocs so paths will be wrong, will this break stuff?

Making a new database on the new server with the same name as my current then restoring a backup of the live database over it.
You don't need to do a new install. Basically you copy over the files and database, and then edit the library/config.php file to point to the database on the new server. The paths don't matter.