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We are looking to move four Drupal websites from one hosting provider to another. This consists of dev, staging, and production version of one site, and a simple production site. While we make the move, we would like to update Drupal and the installed modules to the latest recommended version.
Current environment is a Windows 2003 dedicated server at ServerBeach; moving to Linux cloud at MediaTemple. Move represents an PHP upgrade from 5.1 to 5.2
Drupal is version 6.19; looking to upgrade to 6.22. Some modules are currently development releases, so some care is required to determine the appropriate upgrade.
Summary of modules on main site
other - about a dozen
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For simple site, it is sufficient to migrate and update Drupal.
Assume 10-20 modules have available updates
Proven ability to upgrade and migrate a Drupal site, following best practices
Basic PHP development skills
MySQL database import/export
File transfers between servers
Competent navigating both Windows and Linux servers
Orderly work habits and good communication skills: will need to proceed in coordination with other team members to ensure a smooth launch.
Would like to complete the move by about Feb 1, 2012
Before starting, looking for a point form plan to execute the move, showing an understanding of best practices
1) move first instance of site to be development instance - verify it works as expected
2) upgrade development instance on new server - verify it works as expected. Create detailed list of steps taken to complete the move.
3) create copy of development instance as staging instance - verify it works as expected
4) In coordinated effort, shut down 2 production sites, move production sites to new server, upgrade. Verify they work as expected.