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XF 1.4 VB3.8 - XF1.4 IIS Best Practices

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by Collidingstar, May 18, 2015.

  1. Collidingstar

    Collidingstar New Member

    About to switch to XF from VB 3.8

    Site is: www.binderplanet.com

    Forums are www.binderplanet.com/forums
    I also have a photopost directory which I will deal with later.

    Current site is on one server
    (running IIS)
    I am going to install XF on a new server.
    (also IIS)

    I've done some early testing and read though the install and importing documentation.

    Couple things that aren't clear.
    What's the best practice for these?

    A) I will definitly backup and restore the DB from the old server to the new.
    B) Should I keep the /forums structure or create a new directory for XF?
    C) What should I copy and where before I start the import process?
    (Images/attachments etc)

    I don't think I should copy the whole site, and then install XF since I don't want to leave old files that aren't needed. I would think a fresh directory/install would be best.

    Anything else I need to do before or after any of the steps?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    XenForo needs to be installed in its own (empty) directory so you will need an empty directory or root to install it in.

    All the importer needs is a copy of the database and the server files (attachments and avatars) if they aren't stored in the database.

    There's a general guideline thread here: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/importing-guidelines.25325/
  3. Collidingstar

    Collidingstar New Member

    As far as the server files go.

    Do I copy these local before the import (and anywhere specific or just on the local file system)?
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The source data needs to be on the same server as XenForo so if that is different to your existing VB installation, yes, copy the directories.

    It doesn't matter where you put them but if you place them in the same directory as XF, it will be easier to reference the path when configuring the importer.
  5. Collidingstar

    Collidingstar New Member

    So if I move \forums\ to the new server as \oldforums\ and install XF in \forums\
    This would work?

    When I copy the DB and Files do I need to get this site functional as well?
    Edit the config file and such?
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    No, it doesn't have to be a functioning site.
    The XF importer just needs access to the database, attachments and avatars.
  7. Collidingstar

    Collidingstar New Member

    I have a lot of data so it's take a while but so far it's working well and looks great.!


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