Migrating from one Nextcloud to another

nextcloudFrom time to time you might find it useful to migrate from an old installation, to a new one.  If you have a small number of users, this is probably easiest to do manually.  This article describes one possible method.


Start by deploying a new installation of Nextcloud.

  1. For this article I've created a new subdomain, so that I can migrate users one at a time without upsetting those who are still using the old instance throughout the transition.
  2. Add new users, based on the users from the old instance of Nextcloud, remember to give them the same quota.


Nextcloud Client

You will now need to reconfigure any Nextcloud clients so that they point to the new instance of Nextcloud.

  1. Uninstall the ownCloud client (if applicable).
  2. Install the Nexcloud client for your operating system (if you haven't already).
  3. Run the newly installed client.

Configure the client to synchronise the same local folder, to the new Nextcloud server.


Decommission the old Nextcloud

To avoid any confusion, it is now good practice to prevent access to the old instance of Nextcloud.

  1. Rename the root directory on the web server (e.g. rename to NextcloudBAK).


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