Hi! I consider to re-install my mail-server from scratch (several reasons, one of them is to get better management-options on the Intel Server Board inside the server, another is that it is easier for me to keep the server updated with RPM packages than compiling everything manually every time security-updates are needed)... It is running RedHat 7.3 right now, with qmail and vpopmail v5.2 compiled with MySQL support.
In order to move things to a new server while re-installing (and also to migrate back to the new installation), I guess the procedure is something like the following (but please do not hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong): 1. Stop qmail services 2. Backup MySQL database (or dump contents) 3. Make backup of everything in /home/vpopmail/domains 3. Backup files in var/qmail/control (these probably needs to be modified slightly afterwards) 4. Make backup of /etc/tcp.smtp 5. Make backup of /services 6. Make backup of log-files When installting the new server, qmail and vpopmail will be installed from scratch. The way to restore everything "back to normal" will then be: 1. Stop running qmail 2. Modify /services scripts 3. Use correct tcp.smtp file 4. copy/merge files in /var/qmail/control 5. Restore data into /home/vpopmail/domains 6. Restore data from old MySQL database into new database 7. Start qmail services I plan to upgrade to vpopmail 5.2.24+ (one of the versions, where the mysql-password no longer is hardcoded into the binaries - cannot remember when that feature was implemented).... Any comments or special considerations ? Regards, /Brian