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Best practices for moving files during a server upgrade

Question asked by tcfitzgerald on Jan 8, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 10, 2019 by tcfitzgerald

For the majority of my time in my current position we've done all of our FileMaker upgrades as "in-place" upgrades, e.g. uninstall old FileMaker, install new FileMaker - all on the same server.


Due to the impending EOL for Windows Server 2008 R2 we are provisioning new Virtual Machines instead of doing "in-place" upgrades.


I've done some searching on the forums and have found some discussion about migrations, but they are very high level - "copy the databases from old server to new server".


What I'm curious to know is if there are any best practices for doing the copying and/or how you have handled this in the past.


I know that rule #1 is to make sure the files are closed, but beyond that ?


Mount a network drive and just copy and paste?




Our largest set of files is about 150GB of databases and external storage.


We do have a set of test servers, so I was planning on doing a test run.