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CentOS 6 to CentOS 7


Today I looked into the possibility of upgrading CentOS 6 to CentOS 7 in a SkySilk VPS.  Initial web searches did not look promising.  CentOS apparently had a release upgrade tool some time ago, but since withdrew it and now their official recommendation is to do a fresh install.


From further reading, it seems that RedHat only looked into the prospect of in-place release upgrades with CentOS 6.  Prior releases didn't have any other option than a fresh install.


As somebody who is used to a relatively reliable release upgrade procedure with Debian and its descendants, this was a bit surprising.  Even Fedora has had an established release upgrade tool for a number of years.  My first time upgrading Fedora was performed on Fedora 17, and it went smoothly.


So, my conclusion on reviewing the procedure to upgrade CentOS6 to CentOS 7 is: Don't do it.  A fresh install is necessary.  In the case of a SkySilk VPS running CentOS 6, this means backing up, deleting the VPS and creating a new one with CentOS 7.

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