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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.40

(Home >> System Reboot)


The WHM interface offers you two methods to reboot your server. The method that you should select depends upon the events which make a reboot necessary. We recommend that you only reboot your server when if you need to troubleshoot an issue that occurs when you start your server or when you disable SELinux.

Forceful Reboot

(Home >> System Reboot >> Forceful Reboot)

This method will shut down the computer regardless of what error(s) the server has encountered. It is preferable to reboot your system with this method rather than the physical reset switch (a hard reset). However, a graceful reboot is preferable to a forceful reboot because a forceful reboot can cause data loss.


This method should only be used in the event that the graceful reboot function does not work.

Graceful Reboot

(Home >> System Reboot >> Graceful Reboot)

This restart method is preferred to any other. This allows the server to close any user-level processes before it restarts, and it stores data as it does so. This reboot method will not result in data loss.


Use this method whenever possible.