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Problem with Customer IDs after export

Problem with Customer IDs after export

I'm having a bit of a problem with customer accounts being linked to the wrong orders. This is the chain of events:


- I cloned a Magento site into a subdomain

- I updated Magento and changed template on the subdomain, which took a few weeks

- Meanwhile several new orders and customers were created in the live site

- Just before putting the new site live, I exported customers using Dataflow Profile - all seemed to work well

- I copied sales tables from old database to new one, making sure to update eav_entity_store entries as explained on some forums

- I launched the new site


It all seemed to go well, but now the store owners have pointed out that some customer accounts in the admin are linked to the wrong orders.


After investigating, I worked out what has happened. The old store had a mysterious duplicate entry for one of the customers: the same customer had two identical accounts but with two consecutive IDs. When I imported customers into the new store using Dataflow, the duplicate entry was removed, but all subsequent IDs were reduced by 1. So a customer that had ID 10056 in the old store, now has ID 10055 in the new one. So when you click on that customer's information, the Recent Orders tab shows the orders for the customer who had ID 10055 in the old store.


I did consider manually changing the customer IDs one by one in phpMyadmin, but I'm worried about messing up the database completely and breaking the live site. The other problem is that the new site has now been live for a few days and there are new customers with new orders, which are syncing with each other correctly. So if I try to increase the out of sync IDs by 1, I'll be forced to also change the IDs of the new customers whose orders are showing correctly, potentially messing up THEIR orders. I only have limited understanding of how the customer tables in the database are linked to orders, so I can see no safe and immediate solution.


I hope I explained the problem clearly, I realise it's a bit complicated and it took me a while to get my head around it.


Can anyone suggest a safe way to re-attach orders  to the correct customers?




Re: Problem with Customer IDs after export

You are in a catch 22 right now. Dam if you do, dam if you don't.


I believe the correct solution is by doing the manually. Are we talking about a few hundred orders or thousands of orders?


As a first step, I would take this down to your local environment and play around with it. See if you can correctly manually do it.


I am trying to come up with a SQL query for you to use to match one column to another and update it right now. DO you have a CSV with the old customer ID with the new one?

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Re: Problem with Customer IDs after export

Well my problem has progressed a bit further since my OP. I tried deleting all the out of sync customers (about 340) and re-importing with Dataflow, so now those customers have much higher IDs. I did it as a precaution, my client was (rightly) worried those customers would log into their accounts and be presented with orders by a different customer. At least now they are no longer linked to any orders at all – theirs or anyone else’s. Not ideal, but safer.
I do have a CSV of the old customers with their IDs. I can also export the new customers / IDs into a CSV.
Anything that can be done with those?