Server cloning question

Does cloning a server affect host performance?

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Cloning a Linode involves copying the Linode's disk, so during the clone there will be more disk I/O than normal. However in most cases this won't be enough to affect the normal operation of a Linode.

That being said, we recommend shutting down your Linode before cloning it if there's any chance of a database transaction taking place or new files being created during the cloning process, as otherwise the new Linode won't be an exact copy.

If you do need to clone a Linode while it's running, I'd recommend making a separate copy of any database with a tool such as mysqldump to ensure the database is accurate.


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