In answer to your various questions:
1. It seems that I get credit on unused portion of the account I move. Does this also apply to the additional accounts which I would move? ie if I move account account A as the primary and then at a later stage move the second account do I lose the pre-paid section of that account? (I don't want to move all of them at one time as I want to find my feet with one account first).
This one I really am not sure about as it would be the dedicated billing department that makes this determination. I'll ask one of the guys there today and then post or ask one of them post the reply to this one.
2. I understand there is a lot of support when moving the account (in effect much of the work will be done for me). Is this support also available when/if moving later accounts?
When you select cPanel for your dedicated, we will move the account for you. Since you have multiple, we would move them as well as it is pretty simple to move cPanel to cPanel accounts due to cPanel having a utility that does this:To package
/scripts/pkgacct usernameOnce it is done, we then scp the file
scp /home/cpmove-username.tar.gz newserver:/home/On the new server to unpackage
Due to this, it really becomes only waiting for the account to package (archive) and then waiting for the account to unpackage (extract) on cPanel servers.
3. There is a set-up fee of $24.99 for SSL. The SSL has already been set-up on each of the accounts. Do I have to repay this fee when moving them over?
Because you've already paid the setup fee for these SSLs, we would not charge another setup fee. These SSLs would simply be moved from their current locations to the new server when you decide to move the plans. It isn't the SSL install or move that will become the issue, but needing a dedicated IP for each SSL (domain) on the server.
4. Since the Dedicated IP associated with the SSL will change do I have to re-purchase or otherwise change the SSL in any way?
Yes, the current dedicated IP will need to be removed, the dedicated IP fee stopped for that one, and the account moved to the dedicated with a new IP provided for it, then the SSL re-installed. The new IP will have a charge for it, but unlike the shared plans where each account can only have 1 dedicated IP, you can purchase IPs for the server at discounts depending on how many you buy:
1 - 3 IPs = $2.50/month per IP
4 - 7 IPs = $2.00/month per IP
8 or more = $1.75/month per IP
For the SSL itself, however, this doesn't need to be re-purchased or changed. The SSL isn't generated using the IP for the purchase portion, it is only setup when installed on the server using the IP at that point. This means that once we move it after your account has a dedicated IP assigned, we would simply re-install the SSL on the new location and new IP.
5. I assume I need to purchase a dedicated IP for each SSL on each additional account moved?
Yes, you do as I noted above.
5. I'm very unsure on the nameserver issue and though I have read the various threads and think I understand the mechanics of it I'm not at all clear on the "theory". As I have multiple sites I don't want one site to be the dominant one. What I was thinking of doing is having each of the sites (site1.com, site2.com) as well as add-on domains (site2.com,site3.com) managed by the one master nameserver (companyname.com which is already an add-on domain on one of the accounts). Is this the best way to approach it or can each site have its own nameserver?
Well, each site can have it's own nameservers, although that's not how people commonly do it. Most registrars will let you privately register nameservers for all your domains and yet use the same IPs for each of them.
Let me provide an example. Let's say I have ns1.ratingbar.com
with IP 22.214.171.124
with IP 126.96.36.199
for my domain ratingbar.com
. Then let's say I have another domain screeningblock.com
and I want this domain to have private nameservers for it without using the ratingbar.com one's, so I register the nameservers ns1.screeningblock.com
with IP 188.8.131.52
for the first one and ns2.screeningblock.com
with IP 184.108.40.206
for the second one. These are different registered nameservers with the same IPs. Most registrars should let you do this--registering new private nameservers with the same IPs your initial nameservers have. If you don't want the IPs to be shared like this, you will need to buy IPs for each domain's nameservers.
6. I currently have Sablotron on my servers. Can this be set-up on a dedicated for me or do I need to source and install it myself?
Yes, this can be setup. Just note this when you upgrade. It is easy to setup using cPanel as it's just in their /scripts/easyapache
setup where Apache and PHP modules are setup. If you have any other PHP modules you'd like to have like pspell, just mention it in the ticket. We usually setup the dedicated modules like our current servers are setup.
I do want to note one important difference, though. PHP on dedicated is by default PHP as an Apache module, while PHP on the shared is suPHP. This makes a big difference for permission settings (777 and 666 for files and folders needing to write and execute on PHP as an Apache module; 755 and 644 for files and folders needing to write and execute on suPHP). As such, if you require suPHP for your sites to transition smoothly, please note this in the ticket so the dedicated admin will setup your new server with suPHP.
7. There is an APF Firewall installed. Is this enough or do I need to install anything else regarding security?
If you purchase the managed hosting (cost $9.99/month) addon, then you will have an APF Firewall and rootkit hunter installed for security purposes. As for whether the firewall and rootkit hunter are enough, there's likely other security you could get, but the APF Firewall is a necessity for the first wave of any basic attacks. Additionally, I would suggest disabling root login on the server for initial SSH. You can read this post on how to do this:http://www.lunarforums.com/forum/index.php?topic=26253.0
What happens with root is that you have constant attacks on the server trying to guess your root password. By changing to a user only login (please do provide use the login you change it to, though, for us to be able to monitor it and take action when needed), you then make the job much tougher for anyone to gain access to it other than yourself. Make sure both the username you pick and the password for it and for your root user are difficult to guess with upper and lowercase letters and numerals.
I am looking at moving to a dedicated server for practical reasons rather than to have extra control over the set-up. That might change as I become more familiar with what I can or cannot do but right now I would like to see as little change in what I am expected to know or do as possible. I think from my reading of other threads that it should be a painless option if I also get CPanel but I guess would like some hand-holding reassurance on this area.
The transition is definitely more seemless if you pick cPanel for the dedicated. I did want to provide a useful link for a FAQ I made back in February over shared versus dedicated plan differences:http://desk.lunarpages.com/faq.php?do=article&articleid=470
This should help to see the primary differences, although I need to update the FAQ to note one other. On shared plans, the servers are backed up daily. On dedicated plans, we instead provide a backup server with 2 gb backup space to each customer. If you want more backup space, you can purchase more backup space with a $25.00 setup fee and $20.00 per 10 GB storage. Because you would be getting cPanel and it has a utitlity in WHM (Webhosting Manager) to setup daily backups, we would setup the backup for you in cPanel to go to the 2gb backup space provided. You can re-configure that area if you would like, though, and if you need assistance on understanding any facet of WHM to administer your dedicated server, you can always email us at email@example.com or go into dedicated support at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/
to talk to a dedicated administrator at any time of day (we have it staffed 24/7/365).
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