Preparing Plesk for Windows for Cloning
Create a clean installation of Plesk. For instructions, see Installing Plesk for Windows Using Installer Console.
Configure Plesk exactly the way you wish the cloned instances to appear. It may include the following:
- User interface layout through custom views - configured at post-install configuration, see Plesk Single Server Post-install Configuration.
- Interface preferences and localization, see Appearance and Branding.
- Control panel appearance and interface elements, see Customizing Plesk Appearance and GUI Elements.
- Hosting plans and subscriptions, see Hosting Plans and Subscriptions.
- DNS template, see DNS Template.
Prepare for Cloning
%plesk_cli%\cloning.exe --update -prepare-public-image truecommand to prepare a Plesk instance for cloning. You may also choose to configure certain additional options:
Preserve the initial configuration
By default, the
cloning.execommand will reset the configuration parameters of the instance: each cloned instance will have to be configured anew. Use
-reset-init-conf falseto preserve the initial configuration during cloning.
Reset the license
Optionally, you may choose to remove the product license during cloning, so it is not copied throughout the cloned instances. Use
-reset-license trueto accomplish that.
Disable updates after cloning
After the cloned instance is started, the availability of updates for the current version is checked explicitly and the updates are installed if necessary. Installation of updates is working under the same rules as in daily maintenance task. Updates installation can be disabled if option
-skip-update trueis passed while cloning.
When IP pool reconfiguration is enabled, each time the server with Plesk is restarted, it will rediscover the IP addresses and reconfigure its IP pool accordingly. Use this when the virtual servers are allocated IP addresses dynamically. You may skip this step if the virtual servers you want to copy Plesk onto use static IP addresses. Also, omitting this option will make Plesk start faster because Plesk will not have to reconfigure its IP pool on each startup.
%plesk_cli%\ipmanage.exe --auto-remap-ip-addresses true
For detailed information on the
cloningutility, see cloning.exe: Server Cloning Settings.
Create a Snapshot
If your software for managing virtual machines supports creating copies of virtual machines, which is normally true, stop (shut down) the virtual machine and create the image copy. Otherwise, if images copying is unavailable, you should use a special shutdown call that resets some instance data and then copy the machine by available means. The shutdown is performed by the following command from the command prompt (
sysprep /oobe /generalize /shutdown
Note: When preparing a Plesk instance for cloning, avoid restarting the
psa service and shutting down the virtual machine on which the
instance is installed.
Example: Preparing a Plesk for Windows instance for cloning
The following command prepares Plesk for cloning by resetting sensitive data and product license while preserving the results of the post-install configuration, and disabling automatic updates.
%plesk_cli%\cloning.exe --update ^ -prepare-public-image true ^ -reset-init-conf false ^ -reset-license true ^ -skip-update true
^ character splits a single long command into multiple lines to make it more readable.)