TagWHM on Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2 nameservers with WHM

Setting up Amazon EC2 is quick and easy, you can build a server within less than an hour.

I initially used a great guide posted by Rob Scott which shows how to setup a VPC with security group, an EC2 instance and then how to install WHM on it. I used the guide as reference to my own way of doing it though and it gave me the foundation I needed, especially being unfamiliar with AWS.

The guide tells you how to use Route53 for the DNS which I didn’t follow. I wanted to setup my own, private nameservers. The main reasons were aesthetic (the looks of it in WHOIS) and also so that I could point all my domains to the same two nameservers and never have to change them. If an IP ever had to be swapped out, I could just change the IP at the registrar but the nameservers would remain the same.

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Server Migration to Amazon EC2

At last, the migration of my one server to Amazon AWS is done and I’m extremely happy!

The migration took a while as I had to build up momentum and determine what is the quickest and most efficient way of moving accounts over. In the end the quickest way was to package each account into a tarball (tar.gz) which contained all the files, databases, mailboxes and configurations which can then be restored on the new server accordingly.

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