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Server Migration Completed

April 23, 2007 by  

At last, the server migration is finally completed. It’s quite a relief to think that I do not have to wake up in the morning and find my server has been offline for six hours or more.

As a non expert in server administration, it took me close to three weeks to complete the transfer. The built-in transfer function in WHM sometimes failed so this delayed the process. The transfer is made complicated by the fact that I am transferring from two different control panels i.e: EnsimPro to WHM/Cpanel. I could have paid someone to do this but I decided to do it myself so that I could learn how to migrate accounts between servers. Downloading files from the old server and uploading them into the new one via FTP isn’t the proper way to do it.

I paid the hosting fees for both servers for this month to allow me ample time to do the transfer while both servers are up.

So far the new server handles the load graciously even at peak times while previously, a server reboot is always inevitable.

I was on an unmanaged Ev1Servers.Net for five years. Ev1Servers.Net is now owned by The Planet.

My old server specifications are.

  • Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
  • OS: Redhat Enterprise
  • Harddisk: 80 GB
  • Memory: 1 GB

Before getting that server I was on a Celeron 1.3 with 512MB memory. While it only cost me US$99 per month then, this crappy server wasn’t up to the task once several of my websites were getting popular.

My new server now comes from
I am on the Standard Dedicated Servers Plan.

Although it’s mentioned on that page that the DDR Memory for a Standad Dedicated Servers Plan is 2084MB (2GB), I am actually getting 3GB. For a fully managed server, Hostgator offers one of the best deals around. Besides, I also like the fact that I get a Root access, you’ll be lucky to get this privilege from other fully managed hosting providers.

If you are in the market for a fully managed dedicated server, I highly recommend

My only major complain is that if you need help in transferring your accounts between two servers which have different control panels, expect some delays and potential problems.

When I asked them to help me with my transfer, I was happy to see it was done within 24 hours. However, I noticed several websites were not working properly after the transfer. Contacting support asking them to fix this didn’t rectify the problems immediately. The major problem that was preventing the transfer to be completed was only fixed seven days later after several support tickets. Then, I rolled up my sleeves and decided to complete the remaining transfer.

One thing I understand now, although Hostgator offers a free transfer service, they are actually going beyond their job’s scope especially if you are asking them to transfer between accounts from different control panels.

But once I get passed that, everything works nicely. When I encounter a problem, I usually try to fix it myself before contacting support. A normal support ticket is typically answered within several hours. Even if a question is beyond their job responsibility, they usually give useful pointers that lead me to the right direction.

Another good thing about Hostgator is that they actually upgrade your server for free as their plans are upgraded. So a year from now I could be hosting Sabahan.com on a Dual Core 3060 Conroe server with 4 GB memory and still pay US219.00 per month.

If you read my previous post, I am trying to equip myself with all the necessary skills to become a competent Linux server administrator.

There’s no question that you can get a better server for the same amount of money if you opt for a self-managed dedicated server. Better server comes with better redundancy which enables it to cope better with a sudden increase in resource demand for example – such as when your site got into the digg’s front page.

With the same amount of money I am paying to Hostgator now, I could get a dual Processor Single Core Xeon 3.0GHz (Irwindale) from SoftLayer.com

If you are in the market for a powerful self-managed dedicated server, check out SoftLayer.com. While I haven’t personally purchased a server from them, I find the deals they are offering are some of the best around. They are also getting many favorable reviews in many hosting forums.

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Comment by toxicle
2007-04-24 09:51:48

Congrats :)

 
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