How to migrate your Dedicated Server

When you are renting a server, after a while, it can become in the state of EOL (End Of Life).

The hardware's vendor provide a warranty and replacement part only for a limited period of time.

It's usually a few years.

A server migration involve a server reinstallation, and the migration of your services & datas, if needed.

Migration of your datas

The datas migration is the simplest one.

You'll only need to transfer all datas from your old server to the new one.

To do that, feel free to check our guides:

Once the datas are transferred, you can reuse them on your new server.

Migration of your Services

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The services migration is the hardest one.

In the case of you are still using the same OS version

If you are still using the same OS version on your new server, you should be able to “just” copy/paste your old configuration files to the new one.

Most of the configurations files are being located under /etc/

It could be interesting to backup the whole directly, and to reuse all or some part if its content.

Be advised that you'll have to adapt at least a few configuration files

Especially regarding your IP address, if it is statically defined in your configuration files.
This is the same with your MAC address.

A few examples of files that you might have to modify:

  • /etc/network/interfaces
  • /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

In the case of you are using a different OS version

Indeed, in some cases, you'll need to use a newer version of your Operation System, if your old server is still using an outdated one.

It usually implies that you have to reconfigure your new services.

We do not recommend, in any case, to copy/paste your old configuration files to your new server, if they are not using the same version of your Operating System.