Linode Instance Management

Last modified: May 24, 2021


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.

  • This document assumes that you have already created an account at Linode.
  • Linode refers to their instances as Linodes. This may cause some confusion, so this document will refer to them as instances.
  • You must purchase a license for cPanel & WHM. New installations automatically receive a free 15-day trial license.
  • Due to networking requirements, you cannot run an IPv6-only cPanel & WHM server. You must have at least one IPv4 address.

Access your instance for the first time

To access a new instance, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Linode Login interface.

  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.


    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 IP Addresses values. These are the public IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for the instance.

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


    If you wish to access the command line via SSH, run the following command, where example represents the key pair 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 message that contains helpful links and a URL to log in to cPanel & WHM.

  8. In your preferred browser, navigate to the cPanel & WHM login URL. A new interface will appear.

  9. 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.


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

    Use the root user 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).


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

Manage your instances


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 Linode’s website.

  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. A list of actions will appear.

  5. Select the desired action from the menu:

    • Reboot — Reboot the instance.

    • Power Off — Turn off the instance.

    • Power On — Turn on the instance.

    • Launch Console — Open a command line terminal for 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.


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

    • Resize — Change the CPU, memory, and drive space on your instance.

    • Enable backups — Configure backups for the instance.


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

    • Disable backups — Disable backups for the instance.

    • Settings — 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.

    • When you click Delete, 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.


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

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