Transferring Data Between Panels

Transfer is a process of moving hosting data (service plans, accounts, subscriptions with content, and so on) from one Panel server (source) to another server with Panel of the same version (destination server). Transfer lets you, for example, seamlessly move your Panel to a more productive server or from one Linux distribution to another. You can transfer Panel data in the following ways: using the Migration & Transfer Manager utility or using the backup files.

Important: Transfer between Panel for Linux and Panel for Windows is not supported.

Supported Transfer Scenarios



Plesk for Unix 8.6 or later

Parallels Plesk Panel for Linux 10 or later

Plesk for Windows 8.6 or later

Parallels Plesk Panel for Windows 10 or later

Transfer Using the Migration & Transfer Manager Utility (Recommended)


We recommend that you transfer hosting data using the Migration & Transfer Manager utility. This utility runs on a destination server and automatically copies hosting data from your source Panel. Learn how to transfer hosting data using Migration & Transfer Manager in the section Transferring Data with Migration & Transfer Manager.

Transfer Through Backup Files


If for some reason, Migration & Transfer Manager cannot connect to the source server (for example, due to firewall restrictions), you can transfer data from the source to destination server using backup files. To perform the transfer, you should back up data on the source server, transfer the resulting archive file to the destination server manually, and restore the data on this server. You can back up and restore Panel data either through the Panel GUI, or by means of the command-line utilities pleskbackup and pleskrestore. Learn how to transfer data using backup files in the section Transferring Data Through Backup Files.                    

What Is Transferred

After you perform a transfer, the destination Panel will contain service plans, add-ons, customer accounts, and subscriptions that existed on the source server before the transfer. The majority of Panel settings will be transferred as well. However, there are objects and settings that are not transferred to the destination Panel, namely:

Administrators and customers should configure these settings and add missing objects manually.

Best Practices

You might find useful the following Parallels Knowledge Base articles:

In this chapter:

Transferring Data with Migration & Transfer Manager

Transferring Data Through Backup Files