Migrating your data to a General Purpose or I/O-optimized cloud server
(product page) from a Standard cloud
server can be a straightforward process with some planning and preparation.
For detailed advice on preparing a server for migration, see the recommendations
in Prepare to migrate a Linux server
or Prepare to migrate a Windows server.
You can reduce the amount of data to be migrated by deleting old installers,
rotating logs, and removing old cache and session files.
You can also find a list of items to consider before migrating in this
If you plan to remove files from your server to speed up your migration, we
recommend that you create a backup first to ensure that no essential data is lost.
The easiest way to migrate an existing server to a General Purpose server is to
make an image of your current server and deploy a new General Purpose server
from that image.
An image from a Classic or Standard server can build a General Purpose server
that is one size larger. For example, a 1 GB Standard server image can build a
2 GB General Purpose server. If your Standard or Classic server is 8 GB or
larger, you can’t perform an image-based migration because of the larger disk
allotment on the older flavors. If you have an older Linux® server, you might
be able to resize it down to 4 GB or smaller and then create an image to build
a General Purpose server.
To test whether or not image of your server is too large, use the steps in
to try to restore the image to a new server. If the image size is too
large for a General Purpose server, you won't have the option to create a General
If an image-based migration works, we recommend using that approach.
If you can't use image-based migration, use the information in this section to
plan for a manual migration.
To determine the minimum disk space that you need on the new server, check how
much disk space you're currently using.
To check disk space used on Linux, run the following command:
To check disk space used on Windows®, check the properties for the C:
If you require more than 160 GB (the maximum disk size for a General Purpose
flavor), you need to use Cloud Block Storage volumes on the new server to
accommodate all of your data.
When you are setting up Cloud Block Storage volumes, check the sizes of
the directories on your origin server. This information helps you plan the
data organization on the new server, such as what data goes on the system disk
and what data should be stored on the additional volumes.
On Linux, you can determine the disk space that is used by files and directories
in the current directory by running the following command:
du -hs *
You can also specify a directory or file name by running the following command:
du -hs directoryName
On Windows, right-click the directory that you want to check and select
After you know which data to copy to your system disk and which to copy to an
attached disk, plan the size of the new server and its additional volumes
When you create the destination server, consider your storage requirements as
well as your memory, CPU, and network requirements.
If you have more data than will fit on the new server's system disk, decide
whether you want to use one or more data disks (I/O flavor only), or attach
Cloud Block Storage volumes to the server.
When choosing the size of your server, consider your current needs and any
scaling you might need to do in the future.
I/O-optimized servers can't be resized, so the only changes that you can make
to their capabilities are to add or remove storage space by using Cloud Block
Storage. General Purpose servers have a maximum size of 8 GB RAM/160 GB HDD,
and, unless they use the deprecated paravirtual (PV) virtualization mode, you
can only resize them up.
For a single-server environment, you must migrate to a new server if your RAM
or CPU requirements change.
Alternatively, you might plan your environment to use horizontal scaling, where
more than one server runs your application, with a load balancer to manage
traffic to the different servers. Horizontal scaling might not work with all
applications, but after it is set up, you can easily add or remove servers to
account for fluctuating load requirements.
The open cloud reference architectures
article provides some example environments.
Note: If you are currently using Performance servers, note that the
data disks are not captured when you create an image. To back up data disks, you
must rely on Rackspace Cloud Backup or a similar file-based backup approach.
If you want your additional storage to be more portable or need to be able to
take data snapshots, consider
adding one or more Cloud Block Storage volumes
to the new server.
After you create your server, prepare any attached data disks or Cloud Block
Storage volumes by formatting them and configuring the system to use them.
If you've attached Cloud Block Storage volumes, see
Prepare your Cloud Block Storage volume
for more information.
For instructions on formatting and mounting data disks on I/O-optimized
servers, see the following article that is appropriate for your server's
If you are setting up attached volumes in a software RAID on Linux, see the
Linux Software-RAID HOWTO
When your attached disks are ready, you can migrate your data.
You have several options for a manual migration on Linux, including Rackspace Cloud
Backup, Rackspace Cloud Block Storage, or rsync. On Windows, you can use Web
Deploy or the Microsoft Web Farm Framework (WFF).
To migrate particular directories, you can use Cloud Backup.
Create a backup of your data on the origin server and then restore it to the
To migrate specific data, you can use Cloud Block Storage.
Attach the drive to your origin server and copy your data to it. Then detach the
drive from the origin server, attach it to the destination server, and copy your
data from the drive.
On Linux, you can use rsync to copy a directory over the network directly. For
example, from the origin server you can run the following command to copy
rsync -e 'ssh' -avl --stats --progress /var/lib/mysql [email protected]:/var/lib/mysql
For more information about rsync, see Back up your files with rsync.
If you want to migrate a Linux server to a new General Purpose server, you can
use rsync to migrate your server from the command line. See
Migrating a Linux server from the command line.
To migrate IIS and SQL Server® data on Windows 2008, you can use the Microsoft
To migrate IIS and SQL Server data on Windows 2012, you can use the Microsoft
Web Deploy tool. See Launch a Windows Web Farm with Web Deploy.
Other applications might have their own means of facilitating data migration.
For example, to migrate a database you could make the new server a replica of the
original database to automatically replicate your data to the new server.
After all your data is on the new server, test your application thoroughly to
ensure it works as expected in the new environment.
If you haven't done so already, implement a backup plan to prevent significant
data loss in the event of a catastrophe.
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