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Postby Robfog on Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:28 pm

Hi

Can anyone help me please? I have a drupal forum running on our servers, however our wonderful IT company have screwed it up!

I was wondering how hard it will be to setup a new forum on our server using a similar setup to this I really like the calendar function.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am a total novice to all this........

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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Wilberforce on Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:27 pm

Rob,

Do you know what the IT company have done to it? And more importantly, is a recent backup of the database available?
It may be fixable, or if the DB is fine, possible to reinstall the Drupal software and whatever software plugins were added and then import the database to put you back (hopefully) to the pre screwed up state.

Installing and getting started with a PHPBB setup in its basic form is trivially easy - as long as you have the information on where the database lives then you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Hell, I set up a forum on one of my domains once to discuss something with mates, simply because it was a quick way to deal with our wildly disparate working hours. There are even (to my knowledge at least) a couple of scripts for importing Drupal data into PHPBB, so you can keep users, posts, etc etc and go from there.
Where it gets a bit more complex though is tinkering with things to add functionality or change the look of the board. There's a huge array of extras available, thankfully most of them play nice together and are well documented enough that you don't need to be a genius coder to get them working.
I have a feeling though, I've asked Jay before about our calendar only to be told it's something of a bodge job - it works, and well, but definitely not a simple thing to replicate.
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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Robfog on Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:42 pm

Until Dec 31st this year they are paid to manage our servers, we have 2 web servers. The have royally screwed them up corrupting databases not backing up so on and so on. I think we in house maybe able to recover the database structures but I have to wait until I return in 2013 to get the server here in my newly build data center (big server room with lots of toys) 8)

I just wondered if this would be an easy option as it appears to be stable and easy to manage, I am not that worried about the users and posts as they are only announcements about things I am doing with the building and other stuff, but giving people the ability to book meeting rooms and other facility's would give me one less job to manage.

Thanks for the advice Jim
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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby geeks on Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:55 pm

What are you actually trying to do?

Sounds like you can do most of what you are mentioning with SharePoint in about 20 minutes!

Room booking can be organised and implemented through exchange in 5 minutes flat!
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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Robfog on Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:12 pm

Its a multi company site so I need an external system as each company has their own domain.
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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Fatbaz on Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:27 am

WOW. I was right with you guys up to the point where you said Hi: hello: good morning, then I got a little left behind. Beats me how you IT guys can be so clever with only one head!

If it's got teats or terrabytes you can be sure it will be trouble. Good luck sorting it out Rob.

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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Clunk on Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:39 am

I wanted to set up a php bb forum one day. Spent an hour reading how to do it, and 10 mins later had one running on my home server. The only issues I had was DNS. A friend who does IT for Virgin media spoke me through it though. Job done.
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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Robfog on Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:45 am

Stuart

Good morning ;)

I am with you on that I am an Ex agricultural engineer, learning the hard way!

I have found if you take things slow and RTFM (read the F manual) it makes it pretty simples. Oh and Back up ;)


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Re: phpBB Forum

Postby Fatbaz on Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:40 pm

Rob, we ain't got a reverse gear on our puter so backing up is a problem, could always push it I suppose... if it had wheels ! :lol:

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