How to use the Plesk migration manager

This guide will explain how to use the Plesk migration manager to migrate content between servers running Plesk.

This guide is suitable for customers migrating from LCN VPS plans running Plesk to new Cloud-servers with Plesk.

Installing the migrations manager tool

Follow these steps to install the Plesk migrator tool:

  1. Open the Tools & Settings menu from the left column of the Plesk panel.
  2. Click the Updates and Upgrades link under the Plesk heading on the Tools & settings page.
  3. Click Add/Remove Components for servers running the Service-Provider interface, skip to step 4 if you are using the Power-user interface.
  4. Click the drop-down for Plesk Migrator and click Install.
  5. Click Continue to install the Plesk migrator tool.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete and click OK.
  7. Check that the link for Migration & Transfer Manager is now available on the Tools & Settings menu in Plesk.

Using the migration manager

Follow these steps to run the migration manager for Plesk server:

  1. Open the Tools & Settings menu from the left column of the Plesk panel.
  2. Click the Migration & Transfer Manager link on the Tools & Settings page.
  3. Click Start a new migration.
  4. Complete the following fields with the details for source server:
    • Panel type: Enter Plesk for Linux for migrations from Plesk servers.
    • IP address: Enter the IP address of the source server
    • Username: root
    • Password: Enter the root password of the source server.
    • SSH Port: 22
    • Temp Directory: Leave the default enter in place unless you want to store temporary files used for the migration elsewhere
  5. Click Prepare Migration.
  6. Wait for the migration preparation to complete.
  7. Once the migration preparation is complete a page will be displayed where you can select the subscriptions/accounts from the source server that you want to migration. You can select the content to migrate by Plesk subscription/customer/reseller/hosting plan from the source server. Select the check-boxes alongside each listed account that you want to migrate to the new server.
  8. Select the options alongside Content that must be transferred to indicate if mail accounts, website files and databases should be migrated to the new server.
  9. Select if the customer/reseller settings for the sites should be copied to the new server, or if the sites should be reassigned to existing accounts on the new server.
  10. Click Migrate to start pre-migration checks.
  11. Review any warnings that are provided after pre-migration checks have completed. This should indicate any potential issues with software/license/resource mismatches between the 2 servers.
  12. Click Start migration if you are happy to start with copying content between the 2 servers.
  13. 13. Wait for the tasks in the migration queue to complete – this could take several hours to complete if you are migrating a large amount of data between servers.
  14. 14. Once the tasks in the migration queue have completed the migration should be complete and the content for all migrated domains should now be duplicated on the new server.

Once you have verified that all content has been successfully migrated, you can proceed with re-pointing your domains to the new server.

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