Move large domain to new server


Active Member
Jun 5, 2006
When an account is too large to feasibly move using the web browser, kindly do the following to move the account :

The setup :

Domain :
Username : dom

make a temp directory on /home (i'll call it /home/cptemp/) where you can store the accounts files while copying.

#mkdir /home/cptemp

Almost all space for an account is in their public_html directory, so we'll want to tar and gzip it and move that over using scp.

#cd /home/dom/
#tar czvf public_html_dom.tgz public_html
#mv public_html_dom.tgz /home/cptemp/
#mv public_html /home/cptemp/

Also often times large sites have large weblogs, which are packaged and transfered, so we take care of those as well :

#cd /usr/local/apache/domlogs/
#mv /home/cptemp/

Now with these files in /home/cptemp/ , try moving the account over in WHM, hopefully it will succeed and set up the new account on the new server. Now we go back to /home/cptemp/ and scp the files to their new home,

#scp public_html_dom.tgz [email protected]:/home/dom/ (enter the root pass for the new server and let it copy the file over)

#scp [email protected]:/usr/local/apache/domlogs/ (do the same as above)

Now go to the new server and unpack the two large files you just moved.

#cd /home/dom/
#tar xzvf public_html_dom.tgz
#cd /usr/local/apache/domlogs/
#gzip -d

This should do it!