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This articles intent is for those who have a Linux VPS with a cPanel/WHM license.  Those who have our shared and/or business shared service are not provided root access, and therefore cannot make server side changes.


How To Restart Services In WHM

WHM provides a dashboard specifically for restarting services with a simple click of a button.  To access the service and restart it head to Home and search for “restart” in the search bar (1) >> choose Restart Services on the left column (2) >> choose one of the 8 services you want to restart (3).  For more information on how to log into your WHM, please review How to Get Started with your New cPanel Server.


WHM Restart Services Example Image


For an example, click on DNS Server


WHM DNS Server Location Image


Then select Yes to proceed with restarting the DNS Server.  Choose No to cancel or go back.


DNS Server Yes and NO image


To ensure that this service, or any service, is automatically restarted, navigate to Home > Service Manager. You can also search for the word “service” in the search bar.


Showing how to Locate the Service Manager in WHM


From the Service Manager select the “Monitor” checkbox next to the service you’d like to restart automatically.



Showing how to Enable the Monitor for services in WHM


Here is a list of basic services that should typically be restarted upon failure:

  • DNS Server (BIND/NSD/MyDNS)
  • Mail Server (Exim)
  • FTP Server (ProFTPd/PureFTPd)
  • Mailing List Manager (Mailman)
  • SQL Server (MySQL)
  • IMAP Server (Dovecot)
  • SSH Server (OpenSSH)
  • HTTP Server (Apache)


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