Recovering a Server from an Image

For Virtual Private Server (VPS), Cloud Server, and Dedicated Servers (Managed in the Cloud Panel)

You can restore your server by installing an image. We'll show you how to install an image below.

  • While an image is being created, the corresponding server cannot be modified.

  • The credentials will be identical to those of the server used to create the image.

  • If you create an image from a server on which Plesk Obsidian is installed and use this image in the Cloud Panel to restore another server, you must change the Plesk activation code on the newly created server in the Plesk license settings. You can find out how to do this here:

    Changing the Plesk Activation Code (Plesk Obsidian)


You are in the Infrastructure > Servers section of the Cloud Panel.

  • Select the desired server.

  • Click Actions.

  • Click Reinstall Image.

  • Select the image you want to use.

  • If you install an image with the Microsoft Windows Server operating system, you must read and accept the Microsoft End User License Terms.

  • Optional: Select any desired additional software. This option can only be selected if you select an IONOS image.

    SQL Server: If you selected the Microsoft Windows operating system, you can optionally install SQL Server. SQL Server is a relational database management and analysis system from Microsoft.

    Plesk Obsidian: If you selected the Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian operating system, you can optionally install Plesk Obsidian.

  • To be able to create backups from this server, enable the Back up your server and protect your server data option in the Backup section. Images that are compatible with the Backup Agent already have this option enabled. Then select the desired predefined protection plan. If you have not set up a backup package yet or want to switch to a larger package, select the desired backup package after that. The backup agent is automatically installed as part of the server creation process.

    Backups are managed through the Backup Console. You can access it in the Backup > Backup Package section.

Please Note

If you select an image that is not compatible with the Backup Agent, it is not automatically installed as part of server creation. To create backups in this case, you must download and manually install the Backup Agent in the Backup > Backup Package section after the server is created.

  • Optional: In the Advanced Options section, click Show.

  • This step is available only after you select an IONOS image or application: In the Password field, type and repeat the password to access the server.

  • This step is only possible after selecting an IONOS image or application: If you are installing a Linux distribution, you can select one or more public keys in the SSH Key field to use public key authentication. Alternatively, you can import a new SSH key.

  • This step is only available after selecting an IONOS image or application: To modify your server after reinstallation, add the desired post-creation script in the Cloud-Config User Data field.

  • Click Reinstall Image.

The server will now be reinstalled. This process may take a few minutes.