you are right about those tutorials, the one you gave and the one I found are almost copies of each other. About manually moving: can you give me some hints: - for example how do I get a list of all installed applications? there has to be a dpkg or apt option to get this list, so I could at least duplicate this. - about duplicating settings as I am not sure I can duplicate everything manually, what needs to be copied over except for the ispconfig stuff (which is already covered further up in this thread) - /etc /usr /var maybe? - anything which you strongly discourage me copying over?