The bast way to transfer all accounts to new server

Gojko

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Hello, i have one old server and i want to buy new server and setup like old one and transfer all accounts to that new one.

What is the bast way to do that?
In terms of minimum downtime and interrupt.


what i think:
  • install cpanel
  • transfer easy apache profile
  • transfer feature and packed list
  • setup TTL for nameservers to couple of seconds so i can change IP to new server (old one has ns1 and ns2 to one ip, i don't have cluster setup on that server)
  • run transfer accounts from WHM from server to server

did i miss something?
 

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More or less. You need to lower the TTL's a bit ahead (at least a day) so they have time to expire and get your new TTL before you start. Personally I would not go within anything lower than 1200 (20 minutes). I've seen people go as low as 5 minutes ( 300 seconds). Secondly, you can use the "express" option during the transfer. That will update DNS on old the server to have the IP of the new (within the DNS zones) so you don't have to worry about changing name servers at the same time. That way both old and new DNS servers will have the zones the same way and then you can come back and update the domains name servers at your leisure.

As a side note, there literally was a thread about this about a week or so ago.
 

Gojko

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Thank you for your respond.
So you said that is not good to go with small TTL like 300sec for namesevers and hostname when i change ip?

If i don't use "express" option it will keep old ip in DNS configuration? i didn't know that i thought when i use transfer tool it change IP auto to new ip of server.

one more thing, if i use express option is there way to check if accounts transferred with success?
 

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All I can tell you about the TTL's is that we use 1200 (20 minues) and that works Fine. You'll have to experiment with shorter TTL's.

If you don't use "express" it will leave the DNS alone on the old server and update it on the new server. If you use "express" it will also update it on the old server. If you DNS is clustered (and both servers are part of the same cluster) it does not matter because when you update the new, it also updates the cluster. "Express" also suspends the account on the old server.

You'll get a status log of each transfer.
 
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I've just done this only a few days ago.
I'd recommend spending a day getting the new server ready.
Apache, PHP, MYSQL Configs etc etc.

Before you start, test the transfer tool and make sure the two servers can talk to each other.
If the transfer tool connects and shows you the accounts, then it's likely it will work.

I no longer use my own name servers, I modify my DNS through my registra hosting page.
I changed my DNS config to point to my new server.
Whilst this was starting to propogate, I then started the transfer tool.

I did one account at a time just to keep things simple.
 
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