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Overview

After you create an instance at Linode®, you can manage it from the Linode Dashboard interface. This document describes common instance-management tasks that your cPanel & WHM instance may require.

Warning:

Access your instance for the first time

To access a new instance, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to The Linode Login Page.
  2. Enter your username and password, and click Log In. The Dashboard interface will appear.
  3. From the left navigation bar, click Linodes. The Linodes interface will appear.
  4. Click the label of the instance that you wish to access. The instance's profile interface will appear.

    Note:

    The instance's profile interface displays your instance's statistics. It also allows you to perform a long list of actions and configuration updates on your instance. This document only focuses on basic actions for instances.

  5. In the list of instances, locate the following value:
    • IP Addresses — The public IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for the instance.

  6. Click Launch Console if you wish to access the command line for the instance.

    Note:

    If you wish to access the command line via SSH, run the following command, where example represents the SSH key name and IPADDRESS represents the public DNS address:

    ssh -i "~/.ssh/example.pem" root@IPADDRESS
  7. Enter root as the username and the root password to log in to the instance. The instance will respond with a Message of the Day that contains helpful links and a URL where you can log in to cPanel & WHM.
  8. In your preferred browser, navigate to the cPanel & WHM login URL. A new interface will appear.
  9. Click Agree to All to agree to the software license. A new interface will appear.
  10. Enter the your contact information and nameserver information. The WHM Home interface will appear.

    Note:

    You can also log in to WHM at the following URL, where IPADDRESS represents your server's IP address:

    https://IPADDRESS:2087

    Use the root username and password to log in to WHM.

  11. To configure the hostname of the instance, navigate to WHM's Change Hostname interface (WHM >> Home  >> Networking Setup >> Change Hostname).

    Important:

    You must set the instance's hostname before you obtain a license for cPanel & WHM.

Manage your instances

Important:

We strongly recommend that you stop unused instances to avoid unnecessary costs.

To start, stop, reboot, or terminate an instance, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to The Linode Login Page.
  2. Enter your username and password, and click Log In. The Dashboard interface will appear.
  3. From the left navigation bar, click Linodes. The Linodes interface will appear.
  4. Next to the desired instance, click the three dots icon. A list of actions will appear.

  5. Select the desired option from the list:
    • Reboot — Allows you to reboot the instance.
    • Power Off — Allows you to power off the instance.
    • Power On — Allows you to power on the instance.
    • Launch Console — Opens a command line console to the instance.
    • Clone — Duplicates the instance. You can select the instance to duplicate, the region in which to duplicate it, the plan to host it on, and a label for the new instance.
    • Migrate — Migrates the instance to another region.

      Important:

      Your instance will receive new IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Also, you will need to update DNS records and your cPanel license.

    • Resize — Allows you to change the CPU, memory, and drive space on your instance.
    • Enable backups — Allows you to configure backups for the instance.

      Note:

      Linode manages these backups. For information about backups within cPanel & WHM, read our Backup Configuration documentation.

    • Disable backups — Allows you to disable backups for the instance.
    • Settings — Allows you to set the label name, reset the root password, configure notifications, use the Shutdown Watchdog to automatically restart your instance, and delete the instance.
    • Delete — Permanently delete the instance. A confirmation message will appear. Click Delete to confirm your action. Linode may require several minutes in order to power off and delete the instance.

      Warning:

      When you delete an instance, the system will delete the instance's data. You cannot restore a deleted instance.

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