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Migrating Sme7 to SME8 on a new hardware

Migrating Sme7 to SME8 on a new hardware
« on: May 26, 2013, 04:18:17 AM »
Hi all,

I would like to ask an expert advice regarding this matter current I have SME 7.5 running on my old server and since we already found signs of the hardware components that are deteriorating I now have immediate task to transfer to a new hardware and go for ver8. I now testing affa move to new hardware wiki section but I have some questions since before I have done this but only between same updated version. As what I have understand that with affa to work properly it should have same version. I don't want to do the update on the old SME7 server since I am afraid it will fail during the updates. What I want to do right now is transfer all accounts and emails to the newly built sme8 server. At first I just use lazy-admin but it will only copy accounts not passwords and the emails on each users.

Just let me know your ideas.


Offline Stefano

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Re: Migrating Sme7 to SME8 on a new hardware
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2013, 08:16:56 AM »

search the forums and wiki,  there are many post like yours
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Re: Migrating Sme7 to SME8 on a new hardware
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2013, 09:39:40 AM »
Use the correct supported procedure.
Do a full backup, using the console backup menu to external USB drive.
Install the new sme8.0 OS onto the new hardware.
On first boot you will be asked if you want to restore from USB, accept that.
Install sme8 compatible versions of contribs, note that all contrib data & settings will have been restored from backup.

The Backup & Restore process will transfer all users, passwords, configuration, ibays, user & shared data, mysql databases & custom templates (& /opt if you include it in the backup job settings refer http://wiki.contribs.org/Backup_with_dar).
The server will be a replica of the old one except it will have the new OS & new versions of contribs.

There are variations to this approach, you can use the server manager backup to workstation (to local USB drive), & then use server manager to restore on the new server.
You can also use Affa.
Note that all these methods require the reinstallation of contribs.
Refer to this Howto for further general information.
particularly this section

There is another approach where you can save backup time, using the Restore from disk method, see
Just make sure you run the required commands on the old functioning server BEFORE you disconnect the drive & connect it to the new server (these steps are critically important & cannot be overlooked).
It works going from sme7 to sme8, refer wiki article.
Please search before asking, an answer may already exist.
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