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Static Sites Migration from Unix to W2003

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Hello,

We have a Lot of INTRANET static (bascially .htm, doc, pdf, gif) pages (currently on a Unix (Samba) server that need to be moved to a load balanced W2003 server environment.  I literally have 100s of sites to migrate.

1.  Is there a tool (freeware, shareware or for purchase) that will give me ALL the content that a given site such as e.g. http://abcdefgh.company.com/index.htm would potentially access, in other words index.htm is only the starting point.  Assuming that it has 50 links and each of those 50 linked pages have links of their own and so on and so on.  

2.  When you migrate a site from one server to another...what are all the pitfalls you can get into ??

3.  When you move a site, how can you be sure that you have moved everything that it (or it's linked links and it's links in turn) will need ?? to avoid the 404s ??  

4.  What about bookmarks that users already have ??  

5.  Is there a way to make the site migration 'transparent to the users' ?? Can a DNS entry be setup to re-direct to the new server ??
   
6.  What if I find html pages that are using the relative pathing like
'..\..\newpage.htm'

7.  What if some of the sites have secured/password protected access ??

Your help will be greatly appreciated.  msyed1.
 
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Hello,

First of all, if you have all the sites on intranet, you should know what are all the documents they are using.

1. There was a good tool - Teleport Pro (maybe some other tools appeared lately) which downloaded all the information that a site uses. It actually made a static site on your computer with everything that the original site contained. But I am not sure you can use it.

2. When migrating STATIC sites from one server to another, you should pay attention to absolute path links used in your site - change the absolute path to the new one. If you use only relative paths, everything should just be copied on the new server and it should work fine. Of course, you should preserver directory and files' structure.

3. If it is a statis site you should know where it's the information that it uses. If you don't know for sure, I guess you should just test everything after the movement.

4. Bookmarks should preserve just fine. You should install the new W2003 server with the old Linux server's IP in the intranet. This way, all the bookmarks of users will point correctly to your new server.

5. The migration can be transparent to the users. If the site is on intranet, you will change the name and ip of the new server with the ones that the linux server was using. If the site is on the internet and you migrate it to another server - yes, you must change the dns to point to the new server's location.

6. Relative paths in static sites will be handled correctly if you migrated the site exactly like it was on the old server (the same directories and files structures)

7. If some of your static sites have secured access, it depends on how it's this done. If for example it's using the Apache's htaccess option, you should replace it with whatever method you are using on the new server. Give more details about your sites - what web-server do they use ? ... what authentication procedures (if any).

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