I was chosen (or I volunteered) to take care of a very old SMF forum, which received no maintanance since it's initial setup some 7 or 8 years ago.
The forum runs on a linux box, it is a virtual server with ubuntu. Some facts about this installation, which I will call the
productive / live environment:
- Apache 2.2.22
- PHP 5.3.10
- mysql-server-5.5 5.5.32
- phpMyAdmin 184.108.40.206deb1
- SMF 1.1.4[/li][/list]
I have SSH & SFTP access to the server and all the usernames & passwords (root, database, forum-admin) that I need.
I know, I am as shocked as you are about such an outdated installation, but that's what happens when no one takes care of the technical stuff.
The person who did the initial installation is no longer available, and the owner of the forum and the linux server has no clou about computer stuff.
That's where I come in, and these ppl behind the forum asked me to help out. Well, I am working in the IT industry with experiance in server, hosting, network,
Java Webapplications, Tomcat, Apache and this stuff, but unfortunately with no experiance in Linux, PHP, MySQL, and SMF.
Now I have three goals:
- set up a test environment at home on a spare DELL Notebook with the same software versions like the productive environment (almost accomplished)
- migrate the complete productive environment to a new server and hosting provider, of cause with the latest software versions
- upgrade the SMF software to the latest version, I think it is 2.0.13.
Since I have no experience with Linux and PHP, I am very shy to just update the patches of SMF on the productive environment. I am afraid to damage
the well running forum.
Therefore, I need a test environment to get used with all this stuff before I put my hand on the productive system.
What I understand from the FAQ here is that I probably need to apply every single patch: 1.1.5, 1.1.6... 1.1.21 and then upgrade to 2.0, 2.0.1, up
Is there a quicker route to take?
Since I need to set up a fresh, new server anyway, would it be possible to start a new server installation, then install SMF 2.0.13, and then
copy all the old forum data on to the new server?
Thanks for your help and patiance!