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How to Upgrade Ubuntu to new release

Hi, I am running Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) on a VPS and want to upgrade it to 16.04 and then 18.04.  Can I just use
in the normal way?


  • ReginaRegina Moderator
    Hi Colin,

    We do not recommend to make whole operating system release upgrade this way. It is possible to upgrade it, but it is high risk something will be broken and the server won't start. The best way is to make a backup of your VPS and make a fresh reinstall with a higher version of Ubuntu.
  • Hi Regina,

    Thanks, if I do that then presumably I will need to reinstall all the packages I have installed again, setup the firewall, startup scripts etc etc.  Or is there a shortcut to that?
  • ReginaRegina Moderator
    Currently, there is no workaround for the server configuration. After fresh reinstall, it needs to be done again.
  • Would it be possible for me to rent a new VPS on a monthly basis to get the new system up and running, then once it was ok move the account for my main server (which is yearly) across to the new one?  I don't mean move the data across but move the account so the new one would continue on the yearly contract and the old one would lapse at the end of the month?
  • ReginaRegina Moderator
    Yes, it is possible. We can add the remaining amount of old server into Affiliate bonus of your account, which can be used for renewal of other server. Just create a ticket via Client Area with a request.
  • OK, thanks.
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