The question always arises why I need to move to a new dedicated servers when I can upgrade the existing one. Dedicated server has certain limitations and when the server is outgrown, then you may require to move to a new hardware. Besides, this technique lets fresh installation of software, applications, operating system, IP addresses and computer name that can be processed without much interruption.
However, shifting to a new dedicated equipment from the older one can’t be counted as an upgrade because the process contains two distinct plans, which will be charged separately. But the best part is if both the plans are accessible at the same time, you can move easily multiple domain names and its applications to the new hardware.
Planning and Strategizing
Before starting the procedure, we recommend you plan the migration that will help you avoid unwanted service downtime. In addition, there are a couple of things that need to be executed that includes cleaning up the older server, clearing old sites, backups and all the data that is outdated and you’ll no longer use it. Don’t clear off everything, if there are some important old data that you might need for future reference, archive it. Make sure to keep your server lean as possible because this will reduce the migration complexities.
Aside from this, ensure the dedicated server offers ample of disk space, multiple IP addresses, high-availability and connectivity. Set your priority and transfer the amount of data that you want to move. The most important factor is the transfer speed, as this will determine the time the task will require completing.
New Hardware Preparation
Initially, you need to begin with installing an operating system of your choice and configuring it with the primary IP address assigned to your hardware. Later, you can add crucial services, software and firewall configurations. Rather than determining what needs to be configured and how, you can copy the configuration files from the old server and implement the same on the new one.
Data Transfer Process
In an environment where the data are always modifying, you can make use of tools that will help copy and resynchronize your data before you move to the new equipment. An alternate option is that you can copy your data directly over the internet between the two servers, even better if your server is connected to the private LAN because the bandwidth rate is higher and security is tighter. It is recommended you use high encryption while you transfer your data to promote safe data migration.
After the transition, ensure to test the entire setup.
Consider taking professional help if you are unfamiliar with the concept, as it will ease the process and migrate your essential data to a new server without issues. There are several web hosting companies offering data managed migration services that handle everything from the start till the end, so you don’t have to worry about any process involved.