Cloning a Linode
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The cloning feature allows you to copy a Linode’s disks (and configuration profiles) to a new or existing Linode on your account. This guide covers cloning to a new Linode.
Cloning to a New Linode
This process copies all disks and configuration profiles to a newly created Linode on your account.
NoteBefore continuing, it’s recommended to power off the Linode you would like to clone to prevent data corruption.
Log in to the Cloud Manager.
Click the Create dropdown menu on the top left and select Linode.
In the Create New Linode form, navigate to the Clone Linode tab.
Under Select Linode to Clone From, click on the Linode you wish to clone.
Complete the remainder of the form. Enter a label and select the region, the plan, and other options for the new Linode.
NoteThe plan’s storage must be greater than the combined disk size of the original Linode. If you wish to select a plan with less storage, you may need to resize your Linode’s disks before cloning.
Click the Create button to start the cloning process. Cloning a Linode can be much longer than creating a new Linode based on a distribution or custom image. The length of time depends on the size of the Linode’s disks, among other factors. To keep track of the cloning progress, a status bar is displayed above the original Linode with the percentage of completion.
Once the cloning process is complete, you need to power on the new Linode to begin using it.
NoteThe new Linode’s IP address will be different than the original Linode. If desired, you can transfer the IP address from the original Linode to the new Linode. Swapping the IP address can prevent additional changes from being required, such as changing DNS records or the internal configuration of a Linode. See Transferring IP Addresses.
Cloning to an Existing Linode
This process allows you to select specific disks and configuration profiles and duplicate them to an existing Linode.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Linodes link in the left sidebar menu.
Locate the Linode you wish to clone and click the Linode’s label, which will display the Linode’s page.
To prevent data corruption, click the Power off link on the top right.
To clone a disk: Navigate to the Storage tab, locate the disk you wish to clone within the Disks table, click the more options ellipsis dropdown menu, and select Clone.
To clone a configuration profile: Navigate to the Configurations tab, locate the profile you wish to clone within the Config table, click the more options ellipsis dropdown menu, and select Clone.
A Clone form appears with either the Disks or Configuration Profiles tab displayed, depending on the previous step. From here, select the exact disks and configuration profiles you wish to clone. When a configuration profile is selected, all disks assigned to it (through Block Device Assignments) are also selected.
In the Destination dropdown menu, select the destination Linode (the Linode you wish to clone to).
Click the Clone button to start the cloning process. The length of time this takes depends on the size of the Linode’s disks (among other factors). To keep track of the cloning progress, a status bar is displayed above the original Linode with the percentage of completion.
Once the cloning process is complete, you may need to make changes to the destination Linode in order to begin using the disks. This involves either booting the Linode using the cloned configuration profile or adjusting the existing configuration profile to assign the cloned disks. See Linode Configuration Profiles
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