Hey all thanks in advance for time and suggestions!
step 1: I moved database to another box. all is good and site works great.
step 2: I need to move wordpress and all the files to another instance of linux I am using, not the same server as the database. I was able to install all the LAMP stack on my new instance, move the entire wordpress install I was using on old server to new one(including .htaccess, wp-content etc). made sure mode_rewrite is install, changed the AllowOverride to All in the sites-available file. the site comes up but does not allow me to navigate to anything (404). Some plugin's seem broken too, but I am guessing if I get this navigation thing worked out they might work. All the domain names are mapped the same as well and seem to work its just the pages and post that don't. I use pretty permalinks, but it doesn't work using default settings either.
again thanks for your help.