I would recommend that you upgrade your forums yourself; unless you've modded your forums, you can upgrade them the easy way: Get a fresh copy of phpBB 2.0.22, decompress it, overwriting your existing files, and then run the update script; you'll find converting to the one-click installer needless trouble in that case. If you have modded your forums, you should use EasyMOD to apply the version code changes in sequence as MODs.
Finally, as a rule, I would recommend that you make backups of your database through phpMyAdmin (disable extended inserts if you want to be able to use something like BigDump for importing), rather than through the phpBB panel. Of course, DreamHost already offers you plenty of automated file and database backups, but having your own is useful if you need precision.
Very little to do with either emus or farmers!