Lately, we’ve noticed a surge of inquiries from customers struggling to make simple file copy software work for server upgrades. There are several reasons why using file copy software to move apps to a new server will almost certainly fail.

Here are a few primary reasons:

When transferring an entire server using a file-copy method, it inadvertently carries over obsolete and unnecessary elements to the new server environment. These elements can include:

Redundant log files. 

Outdated utilities like Zip tools that may not be relevant or functional on the new server. 

Potential security threats such as malware, adware popups, and virus software that may have infiltrated the source server. 

Obsolete anti-virus software that may not be compatible with modern servers, potentially leading to operational challenges.

If you have broken and unused applications on the source server, those applications will still be broken on the new OS server. Application Migrations need to be verified and tested on new servers; you can’t just assume they will work without testing only to discover the chaos of broken apps later when you can’t fix them. 

In order to successfully transition intricate, multi-server applications to new hosting environments, it is imperative to employ a system that can intelligently identify and adapt to all application dependencies. Additionally, it should provide the flexibility to reconfigure crucial aspects of the migration, such as IP addresses, server names, and other essential parameters, across all servers being relocated to their new hosting destination. 

You need to be able to perform a verification test for all applications in a stable modern server sandbox without impacting the original server. You should also have a well-planned process to roll verified applications and servers into production all while preserving the uninterrupted functionality of your legacy production servers.


Contact us for a quick call and we can explain the many technical limitations and why the simple file copy approaches fail when moving complex server applications.