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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

HELM server move

Few days back i have moved server30 from ThePlanet.com to SoftLayer.com

Old server was Pentum 4 3.GHz with 1 GB of RAM. New server is Ouad Core Xeon X3220 with 4 GB of RAM and 2 * 250 GB HDD.

I used to copy files by backup with ntbackup, then cut it to small piece of files having 100 MB each and move one by one.

This time i used robocopy to copy files. It take more time than usual as it copy files one by one. Also it created some problems.

After copying all required files, i started restore using helm restore tool. While it is doing, i run robocpy from old server, that overwritten permission of many sites and created problem with asp.net sites.

At last i done restore again with HELM Restore Tool and verything got working as normal. I never know i can run restotre tool again, so i tested on one site and it worked fine, so i done restore on all sites.

TIP: don't use roboy copy for server move as it take more time, just use ntbackup, it can shadow copy files with out missing anything.

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