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A company that I'm contracting with has determined that they need to migrate their Chef (Open-Source Edition) instance to a new server.

They do not want to migrate to the Hosted platform.

I have not been able to find a guide for how to do this. Does anyone have guidance or experiences to share, or better yet, a Guide?

I have steps in mind for doing this, but I'm afraid that I'm going to miss something vital. Sadly, their Chef-Server is not managed via Chef...

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Are they just moving to different (new) hardware? Can you just make a system backup, and then restore? –  Zoredache Feb 24 '12 at 17:57
They are going to new hardware. I actually hadn't considered a backup/restore... Perhaps I'm overthinking the problem...? –  gWaldo Feb 24 '12 at 20:10
You'll have to decide if you are over-thinking. But if your goal is just to move to better/different hardware, then a backup/restore should be simple, and painless. There are several questions/answers on the site that describe how to move Linux to new hardware. –  Zoredache Feb 24 '12 at 20:13
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There is a short guide on OpsCode wiki which talks about it.


The CouchDB backup and restore is more preferred, as also backup and restores the validation.pem, webui.pem, etc.

Like all backup and recovery tasks, do a dry run before a final switch over.

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