Migrate to a new Windows server

NOTE: Microsoft's support for Windows 2008 / 2008 R2 ends January 14th, 2020. GpsGate will also end support for Windows 2008 / 2008 R2 on this date, and updates will no longer be available for those platforms. We recommend migrating to a new Windows server prior to this date.

A simple way to migrate, where the new server has the same IP address:

1. Stop your original server. (This will make all devices start buffer data.)

2. Make a backup and restore to a new server as described in this guide.

3. Check that your new server works.

4. Move the new server to the IP address of the old server. Now all devices will start sending up buffered data.


A more advanced method to migrate, where the new server has a new IP address:

A useful tool for keeping the servers in sync during migration is the DataForward plugin.

DataForward the unmodified data sent from a device to one or many other servers. http://forum.gpsgate.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16118

1. Set up DataForward on your original server to send data to the new (not yet existing) server.

2. Stop your original server. (This will make all devices start buffer data.)

3. Make a backup and restore to the new server as described in this guide.

4. Check that your new server works.

5. Start your original server again. Now all devices will start sending up buffered data. And DataForward makes sure data comes to both the original and the new server.

6. Start migrating applications/devices to send data directly to the new server.

Note: more information about Microsoft's end of support schedule can be found here.