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Hey all,

Silly question, but I've not done some of this in awhile, but I had a customer move from a business class server to a dedicated server. This occurred with no issues. However, the customer now states that videos he had are no longer there since the server migration. I've searched the system up and down and cannot find any on his old server. Any suggestions on how I can tell if this is indeed the case or if files were never hosted on the server to begin with but possibly from an outside source?

I know the question seems simple, but I've not had luck with any command I've run and would appreciate any input whatsoever on this issue. Thanks again guys and gals.
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Are there links to the videos?  That would tell you where they were.  What about titles and subjects that you could use to search for?
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I asked the customer this, and he could only give me a range with the last 4 digits associated with the video, which wasn't quite helpful due to the actual video name being different within his file directory structure.
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Hi,

Check the migration logs from the tool used for the migration (Plesk et cetera).

If the client is 100% certain the files were stored on the server, restore a backup from before the migration onto a dev machine and check for the files.

Else if the file URLs are stored in a database of some description, I have seen plesk play up a few times with migrations, especially where a dedicated DB has not migrated correctly.

It could be that the files were using LDAP authentication, or in the case of something like Amazon S3, the secret key was stored inside a script which was removed as it was seen as something malicious.

Cheers

Leon
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Hi Leon,

I'm going to do so right now and I'll update ya'll when I'm done. Plesk is Windows, he's using Linux based Apache on his Business Class and CentOS / RedHat Linux 5.x 64 bit on his Dedicated Server.
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I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. I went through a few of the backups on the Business Class Server (luckily it uses 1H for backups) and saw a huge difference in content for the customer's file/videos/ folder then what is currently on his Dedicated since the migration from the Business Class.

I ran the following on the Dedicated Server within it's current /home/user/public_html/file/videos/ folder and noticed quite a gap (2000 to be exact):

 # ls | wc -l

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I appreciate the input, luckily it gave me the idea. Something so simple can be a killer sometimes. Thanks All!
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You're welcome, glad to help.
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