How to manage operating system updates

VyprVPN Cloud runs on top of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server operating system.

Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, regularly updates the packages for this operating system for security and stability reasons.

For the security of your server installation, it is important that the base operating system is kept up-to-date.

To help with this, we have added code to our product to monitor for updated packages and to install and reboot your system when they become available. This automated update of packages and reboot of the server is enabled by default.

To enable or disable this functionality in the web admin panel (recommended):

1. Log into the web admin panel.

2. Navigate to System Settings and adjust the settings in the OS Package Updates section.


You can also control this behavior by using the admin updateos command via the Administrative CLI.

Click here for instructions on accessing your server via CLI. 

To view your current settings:

Issue this command: admin updateos

By default, you will see the following: 

If you want to take total control of updates to the base operating system, you can also disable the automatic installation of package updates. 

To do so, issue this command: admin updateos --autoinstall off

Some packages require a reboot after an update, and the server automatically handles that for you if the auto-reboot functionality is enabled. If you disable this functionality, you must monitor the server and reboot it when a package update requires it.

To disable auto-reboot, issue this command: admin updateos --autoreboot off

When both settings are disabled, your admin updateos output will look like this:

To re-enable these settings, issue the same commands but use on instead of off.

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