I think Janos offers good thoughts. Personally I would keep the old VM running and install everything fresh. Then point your email servers at this new Piler VM. Next, either migrate info from the old system or just keep it and don't migrate. Of course, not migrating would mean you need to have two separate systems when it comes time to look for old messages.
I've never performed a migration and don't know what it entails so perhaps it's rather painful. But from what I've seen in this forum Janos is very responsive with questions. Oh, and one last thought ... you could just keep the old system running as-is forever. Just be certain you've got it reasonably locked down in terms of security and access. My personal motto is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and have been running Piler since 2014 on a Linux box that's never seen an upgrade in 5-years. Best of luck! Jason Morrill IT Director Child and Family Agency 860-443-2896 x1422 http://www.childandfamilyagency.org/ ________________________________ From: Janos SUTO <s...@acts.hu> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020 4:12 AM To: Piler User <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Upgrade or reinstall on newer OS version ? Hello Yann, I have no experience upgrading through several LTS versions. A mysql -> mariadb switch should not hurt. Anyway, be sure to backup the database, or even better snapshot the whole vm. When the os upgrade is ready, be sure to recompile Piler. Be sure to stop all piler related processes even the ctontabs while upgrading the os. The other option could be to start a new vm with the choice of a recent distro with the latest master of Piler. Then export all emails from old server, and import to new one. This approach has the benefit of having everything new and up to date, however you need a lengthy import process. Janos On 10 Jan 2020, at 09:18, Yann Lehmann <arist...@free-it.ch<mailto:arist...@free-it.ch>> wrote: Hello Everyone Our Piler server is doing good so far (only service on a virtual machine), but it is running on Ubuntu 14.04, which is no more supported. I would like to either upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 (actual LTS, or may be wait some time and go to 20.04 the next LTS) or move to Debian 10. I know that on Ubuntu, an in place upgrade is only possible from one LTS version to the next, so in my case, it would be from 14.04 to 16.04, and then to 18.04. I also know that if I upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04, I would have to upgrade Mysql (or move to MariaDB) before the upgrade. What path would you advise: in place upgrade or move/reinstall on newer os ? And what were your experiences with in place upgrades on Ubuntu ? Thank's in advance for any advice and best regards Yann