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    Hi,

    I bought vBulletin yesterday, set up a web site, and had the forum up and running in the span of an afternoon. Amazing! Your documentation couldn't be more helpful and explicit.

    Now comes the hard part - importing my old phpBB forum. I am reasonably sure all the info I entered in the impex config is correct but I get the message "Connection to source server failed. Check username and password."

    Here is my question: Can Impex convert to vBulletin from a full phpBB backup file? The ISP that hosts my old phpBB forum upgraded their servers a few weeks ago, and ever since, access to the forum is slow as molasses. So slow, in fact, that the connection usually times out when I try try to export or backup the database. I do have one good backup that I uploaded to the vBulletin directory in my newly created web site.

    Appreciate the help.

    Hal

    P.S. I just found Jerry's post "ImpEx can't read from a SQL backup file (for a database source system), it needs that restored to a database where it can connect and use SQL."

    If I set up a new phpBB with the ISP (BlueHost) where vBulletin is located, then do a restore, I'm I on the right track?
    Last edited by MorningFlight; Mon 7th Apr '08, 7:46am.

  • #2
    Yes, you will need to restore the phpBB database to the same server where you have vB installed.
    Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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    • #3
      hi, i have a similar problem.

      i have vb 3.5.0 running on one server and the new vb 3.7.1 on a new server and i am trying to get just the users across and nothing else. i have tried with impex but i get the same message:
      Connection to source server failed. Check username and password.

      can you help?

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      • #4
        You will have to move the source db to the same server as the target db.
        Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
        Change CKEditor Colors to Match Style (for 4.1.4 and above)

        Steve Machol Photography


        Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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        • #5
          i tried that, saved it as a mysql but it's to big to import over coz it's over 51mb?

          or can i just export the user tables as mysql??

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          • #6
            The only consistently reliable method of backing up and restoring a database is with shell access via telnet or ssh. This is because backing up with a PHP script like that in the Admin CP or phpMyAdmin can result in PHP timeout errors and an incomplete backup file.

            Please see the instructions here:

            Backup:
            http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/m...nce_ssh_backup

            Restore:
            http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/m...ce_ssh_restore

            If you don't have telnet or SSH access, some people have reported success with these scripts:

            MySQLDumper:
            http://www.mysqldumper.de/en/index.php

            MySQLHotxcopy:
            http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...t=mysqlhotcopy
            Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
            Change CKEditor Colors to Match Style (for 4.1.4 and above)

            Steve Machol Photography


            Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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            • #7
              thanks for that. managed to finally get it across and upload it successful only when all the hacks were turned off.

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