objective :

Save time in setting geoserver configuration specially in case like updating configuration from development environment to production or quickly create a copy for experimentation

What i know :

I can deploy geoserver by copying the war file in the tomcat webapps folder then tomcat automatically creates geoserver folder

What i want to know :

what if i copied the geoserver folder from say tomcat on server 1 to tomcat on server 2 . Will it work ? Any precautions ?

Note : I am for now NOT setting geoserver data dir in path

  • It should work I think, at least when the java and tomcat version are the same. But I did not try, so not posting an answer. Why not just try it? You might need to set the context manually.
    – pLumo
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 10:24

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It might work or it might fail horribly, rather depends on what operating system, what layers you have deployed, plugins etc.

It would be much safer to use a data directory outside of tomcat and copy that over to the new machine and allow tomcat to deploy the war file pointing to that directory.


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