Why Do I Need Panel Cloning?
The popular and efficient way to start offering Panel services is to install Panel in a cloud and then seamlessly scale your infrastructure and install more Panel instances as your business grows. The challenge in this approach is that it is not possible just to copy the same Panel again and again to different virtual machines because of the following:
The Panel cloning technology solves these and other scaling problems.
What Is Panel Cloning?
Panel cloning is the technology of copying the same Panel instance to different virtual machines without compromising Panel operability. Two prevailing usage scenarios of the cloning are:
The application scope of Panel cloning is wider: For example, you can clone Panel and then safely test new features or configurations on it, but in this section, we will consider only the given scenarios because others are their extensions or combinations.
Cloning and Panel Licensing
Before you start cloning Panel, please contact our sales representatives and provide the range of IP addresses within which your Panel instances will be installed. Our licensing system will activate Panel servers from this range only.
Preparing a Panel Instance for Cloning
If you want to use Panel cloning, you should start with preparing your Panel instance. The following preparatory steps help you reset all environment- and initialization-specific settings (like the IP addresses pool) to prevent copying of unique information to other virtual machines. Omit steps 2 and 3 if your scenario is full backup.
# %plesk_cli%\ipmanage --auto-remap-ip-addresses true
Note: This step is not mandatory if a virtual machine to which you want to copy Panel uses a static IP address. Moreover, omitting this option will make Panel start faster because Panel will not reconfigure its IP pool on each startup. However, we highly recommend to complete this step if you deploy Panel to a cloud.
init_confcommand-line utility or the Panel GUI. Read more about the initialization in the Installing Panel > Post-Installation Setup section of the Installation, Upgrade, Migration, and Transfer Guide.
# %plesk_cli%\cloning --update -prepare-public-image true -reset-license true
When preparing a Panel instance for cloning, avoid restarting
Plesk Management Service and shutting down the virtual machine on which the instance is installed.
How to Clone Panel
We assume that you have a virtual machine with Panel and you wish to clone this machine. The cloning procedure consists of three steps:
sysprep /oobe /generalize /shutdown
Once you have the virtual machine image, use it as a preset for new virtual machines or as a Panel snapshot.
What Data Are Reset by the
The following list contains the items that are reset by the
The rest of the data, including the default SSL certificate, remain intact.