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Uniqur backup/restore situation. Need advice.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by splice5, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. splice5

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    Unique backup/restore situation. Need advice.

    Thanks for viewing. Here's my situation:

    A small "hosting" company, and I use that term loosely, has turned their "accounts" over to me. I now, of course, need to transfer those accounts to my server. Here's the catch; this "hosting" company was using an unlimited account at BlueHost and has 30+ add-on domains (under the main account) that represent the accounts that I now need to setup on my server.

    I can't just simply use WHM's import tool since it'll throw them all under one main account with 30+ addon domains. Obviously, I will need to be putting each account on their own account. The files and databases are not my concern - though advice never hurts. My concern is what to do with the email accounts. A master list of passwords was not kept, and it would be a disaster contacting each client to get passwords that they may or may not know. I want this to be as seamless as possible for the clients, though they'll more than likely have to update their email outgoing port. I don't want them to have to worry about anything else.

    What is going to be the most efficient and effective way of getting all that information to the new server and into their own individual accounts without chaos?

    Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Note: I do not have root access via BlueHost.
     
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    You need a full backup (tar.gz) from Bluehost (looks like they use cPanel).

    Extract files from backup. If there is a homedir.tar archive, move to homedir folder and extract it again. The encrypted passwords will be in homedir/etc/example.com/ and mails in homedir/mail/example.com/

    On your server, create accounts for each domain then copy it's mail, site files and passwords from backup.

    Aliases and filters are in va and vf folders (need to be moved in /etc/valiases/ and /etc/vfilters/ )

    PS. It will be nice to have a tool from cpanel to convert addons to accounts.
     
  3. splice5

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    Thanks for the help. I'll be working on this tomorrow night, and I'd imagine Sunday, and...

    Really appreciate it. Cheers.
     
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    bhanuprasad1981 Well-Known Member

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    i agree with this happens with me many times clients start as addon domain later as sites starts growing i had to move them to new accounts manually i too wish cpanel gets any such option in future :)
     
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