How to change the primary IP address of a cPanel server

Steps in WHM:

  • Log into WHM and go to Basic cPanel & WHM Setup
  • Change the Primary IP here with the option that says "The IP address (only one address) that will be used for setting up shared IP virtual hosts"
  • Note: This might not actually be necessary.


Log in to SSH, and do the following:

  • Edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
    • Change the IPADDR and GATEWAY lines to match the new IP and Gateway for the new ip

 

  • Edit /etc/sysconfig/network
    • Change the GATEWAY line here if it does not exist in the ifcfg-* file.

 

  • Edit /etc/ips
    • Remove the new primary IP from this file if it is present
    • Add the old primary IP to this file with the format ::

       
  • Edit /var/cpanel/mainip
    • Replace the old primary IP with the new primary IP

 

  • Edit /etc/hosts
    • Replace the old primary IP with the new one if needed. The hostname's dns will need to be updated too

 

  • Restart the network service to make the new IP the primary
    • service network restart
    • Note: You're probably going to be disconnected at this point, and have to log in to ssh using the new primary ip.

 

  • Restart the ipaliases script to bring up the additional IP
    • service ipaliases restart

       
  • Run ifconfig and make sure all IPs show up correctly

 

  • Update the cPanel license to the new primary IP

 

  • Verify you can still log in to WHM and there is no license warning
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