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How to Reboot Your VPS/Dedicated Server

Occasionally, restarting your container can be useful for installations or major configuration changes; however, it is not recommended that container restarts be performed frequently as this can cause more harm than good.

Below are the methods by which you can reboot your VPS or Dedicated server.

KVM VPS/Dedicated

Legacy VPS/Dedicated


KVM VPS/Dedicated Reboot

Option 1: Restarting from WHM [VPS/Dedi]

WHM is the most common method for accessing your server, which you can restart from. Please follow these steps to reboot:

  1. Log in to the WHM as root.
    Please click here for assistance on logging into WHM.
  2. Look for System Reboot from the left sidebar and click Graceful Server Reboot.
  3. Click Proceed >>

    WHM New Reboot

Note: Your server will now be restarted, and you will be disconnected. If there are further actions you wish to take in WHM, you will need to log back into the server.

Option 2: Restarting from the Command Line [VPS/Dedi]

Many users are comfortable with using SSH to manage their servers. If you have not used SSH access and are interested in learning how you may do so by reading our article for How to Get and Use SSH Access. To restart your container using SSH:

  1. Log in to SSH as root
  2. Enter the command "reboot." Your output should look like this:
    root@server [~]# reboot
    root@server [~]#
    Broadcast message from root@server-host-name
    (/dev/pts/0) at 14:52 ...
    
    The system is going down for reboot NOW!
    Connection to ip.add.re.ss closed by remote host.
    Connection to ip.add.re.ss closed.
Note: As with rebooting from WHM, you will be disconnected from the server as the system is rebooted. If you wish to perform further actions, you will need to log into your server again once the reboot is complete.

Option 3: Requesting a Reboot via Customer Portal [VPS/Dedi]

  1. Log into your Customer Portal at https://portal.hostgator.com.
    • If you cannot remember your password, click on the Forgot Password link below the login area, then follow the instructions emailed to the primary email address on file.
  2. Click Hosting, located at the left-side menu.
  3. Select Manage on the VPS or Dedicated Server package you wish to reboot.
  4. Click Request Server Reboot.

    Request Server Reboot

  5. On the next page, you will provide any special instructions for the server when the reboot is requested.

    Reboot Server - Special Instructions


Legacy VPS/Dedicated Reboot

Option 1: Restarting from the VZ Control Panel [VPS]

VPS users additionally have access to the Virtuozzo Control Panel for their server. VZ is commonly used for VPS management and also has controls to restart the entire container. Here is how:

  1. Log into VZ as root.
    To access the Virtuozzo Power Panel, go to the following URL:
    https://(SERVER_IP_HERE):4643
    Be sure to replace (SERVER_IP_HERE) with your server's IP address.
  2. Click Restart at the top of the page.

    Restart

Your server will immediately restart without additional confirmation. You will also remain logged into VZ as this service runs on top of your VPS.

Option 2: Requesting a Reboot via Form [VPS/Dedi]

Both Legacy and KVM VPS can request a reboot via the Server Reboot form in the Customer Portal. Click on the link below to jump into the instructions.