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Upgrading from CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8: A Comprehensive Guide

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Welcome to our latest blog post where we dive into the process of upgrading from CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8. This transition is particularly relevant in the wake of CentOS 8’s end-of-life and the growing popularity of AlmaLinux as a stable and robust alternative. Let’s walk through the key steps to ensure a smooth and efficient upgrade.

Understanding the Need for Upgrade

CentOS 7, while reliable, is gradually reaching its end of maintenance updates. Upgrading to AlmaLinux 8 not only provides a more modern environment but also ensures ongoing support and updates. AlmaLinux, being a compatible OS with CentOS (RHEL packages), is a perfect choice for those looking to maintain a similar operating experience.

When using Plesk or WHM/cPanel use the upgrade method provided with the control panel, avoid doing upgrades via the command line unless the instructions indicate it is required. These control panels will provide the instructions to move to AlmaLinux which should be reviewed first before continuing with the upgrade process.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Ensure your system’s hardware and existing software are compatible with AlmaLinux 8. You can refer to the AlmaLinux documentation for detailed hardware and software requirements.

Step 2: Backup Your Data

Before initiating any system upgrade, backing up your data is crucial. This includes system files, configurations, and user data. Tools like rsync or backup solutions like R1Soft or Veeam can be employed for comprehensive backups.

Step 3: Update CentOS 7

Before proceeding, update all your current CentOS 7 packages to their latest versions using the yum update command. This step ensures a smoother transition.

Step 4: Installing the ELevate Tool

AlmaLinux has developed a tool named ELevate specifically for this upgrade process. You can install it using the package manager. This tool is designed to handle repository management and package upgrades efficiently.

Step 5: Configuring ELevate

Configure ELevate to suit your system’s needs. This includes setting up repositories for AlmaLinux 8 and selecting packages for upgrade. The tool offers customization to cater to different upgrade requirements.

Step 6: Initiating the Upgrade

Run the upgrade process through ELevate. This might take some time and will involve several automated steps. Ensure a stable power supply and internet connection during this process.

Step 7: Post-Upgrade Steps

Once the upgrade is complete, it’s essential to check for any issues. This includes running applications, verifying services, and checking system performance. It’s important to ensure that everything functions as expected in the new environment. If you encounter any problems, refer to the AlmaLinux documentation and their community forums. The community support for AlmaLinux is robust and can be a great resource for troubleshooting tips. If the update is concerning a specific service contact the developers on available channels to identify the cause and a solution.


Upgrading from CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8 is a strategic move to ensure your systems stay supported and secure. While the process is straightforward, it requires careful planning and execution. As with any major system upgrade, it’s advisable to first perform this process in a test environment before applying it to production systems.

Remember, staying updated with your system’s OS not only enhances performance but also fortifies security. Happy upgrading!

Need Assistance?

Upgrading your system’s OS can be a daunting task, especially for complex or critical environments. If you’re looking for expert assistance, our team is here to help! We offer specialized upgrade services to ensure a seamless transition to AlmaLinux 8, tailored to your specific needs and system configurations. Contact us for a consultation and let us make your upgrade journey hassle-free.

We hope this guide has been informative and helpful. If you have any questions or need assistance with your upgrade process, don’t hesitate to reach out!