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Re: Moving FreeBSD to a new server

From: Alec Kloss <alec.kloss_at_oracle.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 18:10:17 -0600

On 2009-02-06 15:56, Paul Klepac wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm new to UNIX but I've been given the task of moving our existing
> TortoiseSVN
> to a new server. Basically what is going on is that our existing
> FreeBSD/TortoiseSVN
> server is starting to have some disk problems and so we want to build a
> new server
> (install FreeBSD, Apache, and SVN) and move the Berkeley Database.
> So as I understand it, I need to install:
> * FreeBSD OS: 7.1-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso

If you're able to tolerate a bit of down time, it might be easier
to dump all the filesystems from the old server and restore them
on the new server. If you're really replacing the machine, this
will guarantee you get every last detail right. If you try to
reconfigure a new installation to match an existing one, you're
almost certain to miss some mundane detail that you'll wish you
hadn't. With dump/restore, the only things you have to reconfigure
is *maybe* the network interface configuration in /etc/rc.conf.

(If you can't tolerate a bit of down time, you can do
do level 0s while the respository is active and then do level 1s
with the repository machine isolated from access. If you practice
a few times and have less than a few hundred committers I bet you
can do it with less than five minutes down without too much

Just my $0.02. If I were doing it, that's what I'd do.

Alec.Kloss_at_oracle.com			Oracle Middleware
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