Migrating a Server with Plesk Onyx to Cloud Server (Linux)

With the Plesk Migration & Transfer Manager, you can migrate hosting data from one server to another server. Examples: service packages, accounts, or subscriptions with content.

To migrate this data, the same Plesk version must be installed on the new server.

The following data is not migrated by Plesk Migration & Transfer Manager:

  • The list of connected database servers and their settings

  • The settings of the Apache modules

  • Backup settings

  • Backup files and FTP storage settings

  • Plesk extensions

  • Third-party software and services, such as Google services

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

Prerequisites: Transfer between Plesk for Linux and Plesk for Windows is not supported.

To migrate your virtual, dedicated or root server to a Cloud Server:


You have created a full backup of the server to be migrated.

You have logged in to your Cloud Panel.

You are in the Infrastructure > Servers section.

Step 1

Click Create.

Step 2

Select a configuration. Ensure that the Cloud Server has sufficient SSD storage space so that your server can be migrated.

Step 3

Select the appropriate image.

Step 4

Activate Plesk in the Additional Software section and select Plesk Onyx.

Step 5

Click Advanced Options.

Step 6

Select the desired data center.

Please note: The shorter the geographical distance between your servers and your users or visitors, the shorter the loading times are. To optimize the loading time, we recommend selecting a IONOS data center that is located as close as possible to your users/visitors.

Step 7

Optional: In the Password field, enter the password for access to the server and repeat it.

Step 8

In the section Distribution of processors and cores, select the desired distribution of processors and cores.

Step 9

In the Firewall Policy list, select a firewall policy.

Step 10

In the Load Balancers list, specify whether a load balancer has to be used.

Step 11

In the Public IP list, specify whether an existing or a new public IP should be assigned to the server.

Step 12

In the Monitoring Policy list, select a monitoring policy.

Step 13

Click Create.

The server will be created.

Step 14

In the address bar, enter the IP address of the new server and the server port 8443 in the following format:


Step 15

Click Advanced.

Step 16

Click Go to YOUR IP ADDRESS (insecure).

Step 17

Log in to Plesk as an administrator.

The Administrator Information form is displayed.

Step 18

Enter your contact details.

Step 19

Read and accept the license terms.

Step 20

Click OK.

Step 21

Activate the desired type of use in the View Selector section.

Step 22

Activate the Service Provider view in the Select your interface* section.

Step 23

Click OK.

Step 24

In the left navigation bar, click Tools & Settings.

Step 25

Click Updates and Upgrades in the Plesk section.

The Install and Update Plesk page opens in a new tab.

Step 26

Click Add/Remove Components.

Step 27

Click the arrow next to the Plesk Migrator item.

Step 28

Click Install.

Step 29

Click Continue.

The Plesk Migrator is installed.

Step 30

Click OK.


Switch to the Tools & Settings - Plesk Onyx tab.

Step 32

In the left navigation bar, click Tools & Settings.

The page is refreshed.

Step 33

Click Migration & Transfer Manager.

Step 34

Click Start a New Migration.

Step 35

Select Plesk under Panel type.

Step 36

Under Address, enter the IP address of the server to be migrated.

Step 37

Under Root login, enter the user name of the administrator.

Step 38

Under Root Password, enter the administrator password.

Step 39

Optional: Under SSH Port, enter the server's SSH port.

Step 40

Under Temp directory * enter the temporary directory.

Step 41

Click Prepare migration.

Step 42

Choose the desired filter on the Add Subscriptions tab under Migrate by:

  • By Subscription: When you migrate a subscription set up for a customer or a reseller, the associated customer or reseller account as well as the assigned hosting package are also migrated.

  • By Customer/Reseller: When you migrate a customer account or a reseller account, all associated subscriptions and hosting packages are migrated. The associated customer accounts are not automatically migrated in this type of migration. To migrate the associated customer accounts, you must select them manually.

  • By Hosting Plan: When you migrate a hosting plan, all subscriptions to which this hosting plan has been assigned are also migrated. If the hosting plan belongs to a reseller account, the reseller account as well as all associated subscriptions are also migrated.

Step 43

Select the subscriptions you want to migrate.

Step 44

Under Copy content, select the data and configuration settings that you want to migrate.

Step 45

Optional: Under Subscription owner, select the desired owner of the subscriptions.

Step 46

Click Migrate.