How do I clone a Linode from the new Cloud Manager?
Hello, I wanted to use the new Linode Cloud Manager to clone my Linode from one data center to the another. How would I go about doing that?
Great question. In our new Cloud Manager, which you can access at cloud.linode.com, it is easier than in the Classic Linode Manager. In the Classic Manager, you had to create a destination Linode to clone to first, and then clone your donor Linode to the destination. With the Cloud Manager, it is all wrapped up in one step!
In order to do this, you simply click the "Create" button on the top left of your screen and then select "Linode" from the drop down. On the next page, click the "Clone from Existing" tab. Then you select your options; namely the Linode you want to clone, where you want to clone it to and also the size of your new Linode. Be sure that the size you select is as large or larger than your current Linode.
For best results you will want to power down your Linode before you begin to clone it. It will clone your Linode while it is powered on but the data could be slightly different on the destination Linode. If you absolutely do not want downtime this is a good way to go as you can verify the destination Linode before you switch off the donor Linode.
Lastly, there is no indicator that I know of that will show you the progress. This is where the Classic Manager is better, it will show you the progress as the clone is taking place. Well that's all I got for now. I'll update later if there are any updates!
@bennettnw2 When you power down Linode_1 so that you can clone it, is there a way to estimate how long it has to be down?
We have a production server with lots of sites on it and we have to really plan the down-time carefully.
The amount of time it takes for a clone to go through is dependent upon the Linode's size, but generally speaking it will take 3-5 minutes for every 1 GB of data.
I think I may have found another cloning technique in Cloud Manager that can clone a Linode to a Linode of different size.
First, check to see if the the disk size of the source Linode is greater than the available space of the destination Linode. If it is, then you will have to resize the source disk or make some space on the destination disk so that it can fit in the limits of the destination's plan.
Once your two disks have been prepped for cloning, select the source Linode in the Cloud Manager and go to the Advanced tab. Under the configuration section, click on the three dots that correspond to your main configuration and select Clone. On the next screen, you'll see a drop down box marked Destination. Use that box to select your destnation Linode and click Clone to initiate. I hope this technique works for you and we will update this post with any new information we find.