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How to migrate your server

Reviewed on 01 February 2024Published on 11 June 2021

All servers eventually reach their End of Life (EOL). Hardware vendors provide a warranty and replacement parts for a limited time, usually a few years. If and when your Dedibox server approaches EOL, you will see a warning in the console. This document shows you how to migrate your services and data to your new server.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Dedibox account logged into the console
  • Created and installed a dedicated server

How to migrate your data

Transferring data from one server to another is simple. There are many ways you can do this:

  • Use FTP
  • Use SCP
  • Use Rsync

How to migrate your services


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When migrating to and from the same OS

If you are migrating to the same OS version on your new server, you can “just” copy/paste the old server’s configuration files to the new one. Most of these are located under /etc/, so it is a good idea to back up this entire folder.

Some of these configuration files, such as IP address configuration files, if statically defined, require adapting for your new machine. One such example is files containing configuration relating to your IP address, if it is statically defined. The same applies to your MAC address. Two files that you might need to modify, for example, are:

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

When migrating to and from different OSes

In some cases, you will migrate to a newer version of your OS. This usually means that you will need to reconfigure your services. We do not recommend copy/pasting your old configuration files to your new server in this case.

See also
How to back up a serverHow to restart a server
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