It's getting cold and its a time to turn on my heater/miner again ;-)

I saw that this machine is still running Ubuntu 14.04. I think it would be time to upgrade/reinstall the entire machine at that point.

What do I need to backup? Which files/directories?

After that I will wipe out the hard disk and reinstall Ubuntu 16.04.3 server. Then install Monero again and then restore the files you suggested before I restart to mine.

Besides the backup, do I need to take care of anything else?

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You should back up the ~/.bitmonero directory (which contains the blockchain) and your wallet files (the <wallet name>, <wallet name>.keys, and (though not needed) <wallet name>.txt.

Aside from that, there's little to worry about.

  • I did the first part and installed the new server. I forgot where I got all the pieces. Can you please give me a hint. Nov 25, 2017 at 13:01
  • Well, ~/.bitmonero is the full path for that (hidden dir in home dir). Wallets can be saved wherever, as long as you run the monero-wallet-cli with --wallet-file flag. For example, you could save the wallet files in ~/.wallets, a hidden directory. And you'd run .monerod --wallet-file ~/.wallets/<wallet name>. Otherwise, IIRC, wallet files are stored in the same dir as monero-wallet-cli. And monero-wallet-cli can be wherever you want it to be. Nov 25, 2017 at 17:10
  • I installed the monerod and the monero-wallet-cli with my wallet info, which I copied into a directory mywallet. There are now a couple of things: Nov 26, 2017 at 10:45
  • 1. monero-v0.11.1.0/monerod 2017-11-26 11:04:52.954 [P2P3] INFO global src/cryptonote_protocol/cryptonote_protocol_handler.inl:1 521 SYNCHRONIZED OK seems the daemon is working ok Nov 26, 2017 at 11:06
  • 2. My wallet shows me a balance: 5.530000000000, unlocked balance: 5.530000000000 Does that mean, I got 5.53 PLUS 5.53 or 5.53 BUT all is locked??? Nov 26, 2017 at 11:06

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