Bluehost won't allow a full cpanel backup

ttremain

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Doing some work for a client, who wishes to move from Bluehost to a VPS.

Bluehost no longer allows backups from cpanel, and the "WHM Home » Transfers » Copy an Account From Another Server With an Account Password" doesn't work because they appear to have purposely broken it on the sender's end.

Bluehost support refuses to create a backup other than a zip file for the home directory.

Is my only other option to move all the files and databases manually, and then export and re-import all the mailboxes?

Please advise.
 

keat63

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I guess it depends really on how many domains you wish to move and how many email addresses etc.

A few years back I performed something very similar, moving from a rubbish host to my own dedicated server.
I had about 8 domains to transfer.


All my email users were on POP3, so there was no email data to migrate.
All I had to do was recreate the email accounts on the new server.
Copied the public_html folder over.

Perfom a dummy run on copying the database etc.

I did each domain manually.
It wasn't actually that difficult as most of the work could be done in parallel, leaving the real database migration until 5 minutes before updating the nameserver changes.
 

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There is a command line tool called imapsync that I believe is in epel that you can use to copy the email boxes over. Yes it's still one by one. But it's an option.
 
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cPanelLauren

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We do have some tutorials on imapsync available, here in the forums

But I do have feel the need to say that this is a horrible practice for end users, in the event you want to keep your own backup of your site