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Assistance on a client's site migration/consolidation on my whm server

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  1. stardotstar

    stardotstar Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    This is a new one for me.

    I have a client - they own and run their own server homepage and maintain dns for (using a generic example)

    http://www.myclient.com.au

    I took on a cms/joomla! project for them and deployed their new site at

    http://cms.myclient.com.au

    All they did to begin with was make a pointer to my server.

    They have completed their joomla! site and now want to "switch over" to the new site...

    Now... at the moment they are maintaining their own tld zone and have a pointer for cms.myclient.com.au that points to the account and site on my whm/cpanel server.

    We therefore have two functioning site:

    http://www.myclient.com.au (this is what all their users know as their homepage, its running on their own server)
    cms.myclient.com.au (this is what they have developed at my host and want to make their main www site)

    What I need to do is come up with an economical and straightforward way of migrating them to the cms.myclient.com.au site on my host as the http://www.myclient.com.au record for the domain itself.

    What I have done is ask them to send me a copy of their existing zone file - since I believe that it will tell me if there is anything else that they are running that will need to be catered for "off host".

    As cms.myclient.com.au is an existing account and domain (with dns records for mail and everything) on my server how do I go about merging the myclient.com.au domain across with the existing cms.myclient.com.au account and then organising it so that the site currently hosted at cms.myclient.com.au is able to be switched over to http://www.myclient.com.au
    I suspect that I can use redirects on the old server to cms.myclient.com.au until propagation and migration have completed but I would very much like to hear some thoughts on what I have got to do to ensure that I can do this smoothly.

    TIA Will
     
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    In WHM, use the "modify account" feature to change the domain from cms.myclient.com.au to myclient.com.au. This will delete the zone file for cms.myclient.com.au and add a new one for myclient.com.au.

    If the customer wants to continue to manage DNS, just tell them to change their A records for myclient.com.au and www.myclient.com.au to your cPanel server IP and problem solved. If the client now wants YOU to handle DNS, then, yes, good idea to get a copy of their zone file to make sure you have everything entered correctly.

    Do they handle their own mail? If so, you'll need to tell cPanel -- the easiest way is to just change the DNS record in WHM for myclient.com.au to point to their server. cPanel will see that mail is no longer local and make the appropriate changes to Exim's config (remove domain from /etc/localdomains, add domain to /etc/remotedomains)

    - Scott
     
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    stardotstar Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Scott! (and sorry to be slow acknowledging your helpful post!) I am negotiating this now with the client and your help was invaluable.

    Will
     
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    Glad to be of help. Let me know how it goes.

    - Scott
     
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    stardotstar Well-Known Member

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    How it has gone?
    Perfectly, you are a new hero of mine for such a fast and effective reply!
    Thank you so much Scott!
    Will
     
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