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What’s New for cPanel and WHM? CentOS 7 Support!

Posted by Jamison on 12 01 2016.

One of the best things about the people at cPanel and WHM is that they listen to what their users have to say. They understand that their loyal followers are always looking for new, improved, and updated stuff, and so, for the past months, they have been working hard to deliver yet another exceptional service: support for CentOS 7. And thanks to the brains behind the Code Monkeys development team, this is nearing reality.

 

Technology Preview for cPanel and WHM version 11.50

 

In order to ensure that cPanel and WHM users get the best experience, especially for the newly rolled out services, tools, and updates, the experts are offering what they call a “Technology Preview.”

 

Although most of the extensive assessments and tests have been conducted by the cPanel and WHM pros, they understand that there is a possibility of bugs still being present. This is where the Technology Preview comes into play.

 

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One of the best things about the people at cPanel and WHM is that they listen to what their users have to say. They understand that their loyal followers are always looking for new, improved, and updated stuff, and so, for the past months, they have been working hard to deliver yet another exceptional service: support for CentOS 7. And thanks to the brains behind the Code Monkeys development team, this is nearing reality.

 

Technology Preview for cPanel and WHM version 11.50

 

In order to ensure that cPanel and WHM users get the best experience, especially for the newly rolled out services, tools, and updates, the experts are offering what they call a “Technology Preview.”

 

Although most of the extensive assessments and tests have been conducted by the cPanel and WHM pros, they understand that there is a possibility of bugs still being present. This is where the Technology Preview comes into play.

 

In a nutshell, this program enables users to give the latest compatibility a try, so that they can make sure integration of the CentOS 7 will be as problem-free as possible. The Code Monkeys development team is strongly advising users to test their own preferred CentOS 7 configurations before they integrate it with their cPanel and WHM servers with the compatibility.

 

Unavoidable CentOS 7 Changes

 

One important thing to remember is that, even though the development team tried their very best to make certain CentOS 7 works seamlessly with cPanel and WHM, they had to make some changes. These include the following:

 

  • System requirements for installation. All new CentOS 7 installations will require users to have a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. However, if you are using heavily-populated servers, take this a notch higher and allot at least 2GB for installation.

 

  • Data storage. The XFS® or ext4 filesystems should be used when installing CentOS 7, as there were some unavoidable changes in terms of data storage.

 

  • Support for Systemd. Originally, the init.d system was used by the operating systems cPanel and WHM used to support. However, with CentOS 7, this is no longer the case, as it utilizes the systemd system for managing services. Due to this update, cPanel and WHM have been tweaked, so that compatibility is guaranteed. These include all of the /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/restartsrv_* scripts. The developers advise the use of these scripts for creating custom scripts and cron jobs.

 

  • RPMs provided by cPanel. Al of the RPMs provided by cPanel have been rebuilt so that they can become compatible with CentOS 7. Just in case you are using other custom modules or extra RPMs, you should make certain that there has been no change in their dependencies.

 

We have to thank the developers for all their hard work with the CentOS 7 compatibility, and as a way to show gratitude, you may want to consider taking part in the Technology Preview. CentOS 7 will be shipped out in this format in version 11.50. As for full support, it will be made available in version 11.52.