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  • How To move a HomeSeer configuration to another system or HomeTroller

    This HowTo describes a procedure that allows you to copy a working HomeSeer configuration to another computer.

    Many plugins store configuration informaiton in INI files. These files are located in the HomeSeer config folder. Copying over these files will restore the plugin settings. While some plugins can be moved by just copying their DLL file, this will fail on most. The only reliable way to install a plugin is from the updater.

    Here is the procedure:

    1) On the new system, install all the plugins you will be using from the HomeSeer updater, but don't enable them on the interfaces tab yet.

    2) Copy over the entire config folder from the old system, but do not copy the .lf files. The license files will not work on the new system anyway, and if you copy over the old .lf files none of your plugins will work as they will be unlicensed. Leaving them out insures that they will at least run as a trial for testing purposes.

    3) Make sure your configuration file is copied over also. By default, your config file will be named "sample.mdb", unless you saved it under a different name. Normally, this file is located in the config folder, so it will be copied in step 2. But its possible that you saved it elsewhere. If so, copy it over to the new system and save it in the config folder. From the HS web setup you can only load config files from the config folder, so it makes sense to leave it there.

    4) Run HS, and look at the devices page. Since you copied your config folder from your old system, HS should automatically open your old config and load all of your plugins. See if all of your devices and events are there. Note that the HS settings are all in the file "settings.ini". This includes all plugins that should be enabled.

    If all looks ok, you should be running the same configuration as your old system. The only issues you may have could be system related, such has COM port settings, etc. Check the configuration page on your plugins and make sure they are set up properly. You will need to re-enter your license ID's to enable any licensed plugins. You can get all your keys automatically emailed to you from the HomeSeer support page:

    http://www.homeseer.com/company/selfsearch.htm
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  • #2
    Attemping to use the procedure however can not find ".IF" files in the "HomeSeer HS3" directories has something changed with the latest HS3 Pro files and if so what file do I need to look for? I did find a "Licenses.bin" file under the \Config directory

    2) Copy over the entire config folder from the old system, but do not copy the .lf files. The license files will not work on the new system anyway, and if you copy over the old .lf files none of your plugins will work as they will be unlicensed. Leaving them out insures that they will at least run as a trial for testing purposes.
    Computer: CUK Intel NUC7i7BNH
    Op System: Windows 10 Pro - Work Station
    HS Version: HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.435

    Plug-Ins: BLBackup, BLGData, BLRoombaWifi, Device History, EasyTrigger, ImperiHome, Nest, PHLocation, Pushover 3P, Restart, Sonos, UltraCID3, UltraWeatherWU3, Z-Wave, and Jon00 scripts.

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    • #3
      I just tried this, and while the zwave plugin connected to the controller, and I see nodes on the controller, I don't see them on my home page. ??!!

      Is there a way to fix this?

      Thanks!
      Mike

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      • #4
        And none of my events are on the new system either. (Sorry for the 2nd post, I'm 'not authorized to modify my original reply. ... ??

        Thanks,
        Mike

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        • #5
          I have to do this too one of these days. I've been procrastinating cause it sounds like a pita. But I looked in the config folder, and everywhere in the HS3 directory and I never could find any .lf files. So i'm curious too where these license files are as well.

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          • #6
            I just preserved the license.bin on the target system, and had to move the Data folder as well as Config, but everything seems ok now. all my devices and events are there.

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