I found this thread but as it’s a bit older and leaves some open questions about avatars I thought I’ll bring it up again.
Background: We’re moving a larger phpBB Forum to discourse. Import process is mostly straightened out thanks to a great importer. Due to the size of the forums the import takes about 36 hours on a machine that should be a good fit to run the forums later. To bring that down a bit I’m currently trying to find a good temporary high single core cpu server to do the import. I would then move the discourse backup over to the final server. I already found out that backup restore basically is a relatively quick task.
The only thing is: I’d use a temporary domain on the import server and already prepare the other server with an empty install on a different domain. So according to the linked thread the import on a different domain should work fine with a search/replace for the domain in sources that I need anyway when i switch over from the old phpBB server and a rebake at the end.
Is there anything else that I need to watch for? The thread talks about avatars not being moved over but I would be surprised if those wouldn’t be part of the backup.