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Advice Needed [message #132324] Mon, 17 October 2016 05:08 Go to next message
Rob_Mitch is currently offline  Rob_Mitch
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Hi all,

After some advice in regards to moving Kerio to another HyperVisor.

We inherited a site running amongst other things a VMWARE Debian distro running Kerio (Version 8.5.0)(4416))

Having come from a purely Exchange background I have to say Kerio is very easy to use and does the job for the client so we are going to keep them with Kerio long term. The site currently has 41 mailboxes and a valid software maintenance contract

We need to move it to another hypervisor and have moved to our preferred setup of Hyper-V all old VMWARE machines have been migrated and I am just left with Kerio to migrate.

Just after some advice as to peoples preferred setups and the process for migration. I'm still unsure of what OS to use - we have a spare Server 2012 R2 VM and I am leaning towards using that as a Kerio server but am open to ideas from people who use it more often than me...

Thanks in advance

Rob


Thanks,

Rob
Re: Advice Needed [message #132334 is a reply to message #132324] Mon, 17 October 2016 18:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kerio/GFI Brian is currently offline  Kerio/GFI Brian
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This article describes how to transfer Kerio Connect to another server: http://kb.kerio.com/360
As for a recommendation, we generally advise using the OS that you are most comfortable to manage.


Brian Carmichael
Instructional Content Architect
Re: Advice Needed [message #132351 is a reply to message #132324] Tue, 18 October 2016 16:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
McIrish is currently offline  McIrish
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I had to do the same thing when we moved from XenServer to Hyper-V. We just built the new mail server, copied the config file and the mail store over to the Hyper-V VM. to avoid a lot of downtime, if you have a large mail store, you can use a sync utility to copy the data over while the original store is still running. After an initial sync, we shut down KC on the old server and do one last sync overnight. Once that's done, we just start let the new server onto the network after turning off the old server. It sounds way more complex than it really is. KC is super simple to manage. Nothing like Exchange.
Re: Advice Needed [message #132355 is a reply to message #132324] Tue, 18 October 2016 21:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bud Durland is currently offline  Bud Durland
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Rob_Mitch wrote on Sun, 16 October 2016 23:08

Just after some advice as to peoples preferred setups and the process for migration. I'm still unsure of what OS to use - we have a spare Server 2012 R2 VM and I am leaning towards using that as a Kerio server but am open to ideas from people who use it more often than me...


If you can support it, our experience strongly recommends putting kerio on Linux (we use Debian here). We are on VMWare with a fairly large install (350+ users, 1.3TB mail store), and the performance is MUCH better with Linux. That said, I'm not sure what influence (if any) using Windows as the hypervisor will have.

+1 for McIrish's comments about doing a simple sync between the servers to migrate. it's the only way we could do it without incurring several DAYS of downtime.

Good luck.

Re: Advice Needed [message #132357 is a reply to message #132355] Wed, 19 October 2016 01:31 Go to previous message
Rob_Mitch is currently offline  Rob_Mitch
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Thanks heaps guys, i think we will continue on using Debian. I think I will also go with McIrish's advice, setup the VM and migrate the mail store over. They are a media company and publish every weekday so i can organise over one weekend Smile

Thanks again


Thanks,

Rob
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