Moving to a new server
Posted on 2014-08-21
Saturday evening I have to move my web sites to a new server. The server itself is up and running and I have full access to it. Here is what I think I have to do. Please tell me if it looks like I am missing anything:
1) Change the dns in godaddy to point to the new ip address. This will render the sites "down" until the dns propagates.
2) While the dns is propagating and the sites are down, move my sql server data files, create the data bases in my new sql server and attach the databases.
3) What about my mx records. I currently use Mandrill as my smtp server. Do I need any mx records, "A" records, or other settings changed at godaddy or at my new server?
I would like as little down time as possible for my sites, limiting it just to the time that the dns takes to propagate.