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This article explains how to upgrade an Ubuntu 18.04 server to version 20.04 LTS. To avoid disconnecting your SSH session during the upgrade, perform this process as the root user from the Vultr Web Console.
Before proceeding, please make a backup of your server. Then, test the backup by deploying a new instance from the backup, then verify that the test instance boots and has the correct data. If you do not make a backup before proceeding, you risk losing your data.
Follow our guide to update all server packages before proceeding.
(Recommended) Remove unused packages and kernels to free up space on the
# apt --purge autoremove
Edit the update manager configuration file.
# nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
Look for the line beginning with
Prompt=. Make sure it is uncommented, and the value is
lts, as shown:
Verify your backup before proceeding. If you stop the upgrade tool before it completes, the system may be in an unusable state.
Run the upgrade tool.
The upgrade tool will report the number of packages to upgrade and the estimated time to complete, then request your confirmation. Type Y to proceed.
You may encounter questions such as:
Restart services during package upgrades without asking?
Configuration file '/etc/sysctl.conf'
Remove obsolete packages
When complete, you'll be prompted to restart. Enter Y to reboot and finish the upgrade.
After the reboot, log in as root and verify the proper operation of your server.
If your upgrade does not complete successfully, please restore your backup and retry. Unfortunately, in most cases, it's not possible to recover a failed upgrade to 20.04 LTS. The best practice is to restore the previous server image from the backup.