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I want to update the software and the kernel on the Operating System of my VPS

In order to keep your VPS as secure as possible, we recommend performing updates on a regular basis. This article shows you how to update the software and the Kernel on your Operating System.

You can input the updates in your terminal or when you're logged into SSH. To perform updates for some Operating Systems, we use links to the documentation of the OS.

  • Some Operating Systems may ask you to confirm the update.
  • Depending on the Operating System, you may have to restarted updated services, or reboot the server entirely.
sudo yum update
Debian 7 and higher
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Windows Server

For updating Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 en 2012 R2 you can use the steps in this article by Microsoft.

For updating Windows Server 2016 you open the Start Menu and type 'Update'. Next, click on 'Check for updates' to see if there any updates available. After this check, you can immediately perform the updates.


Use this article from the documentation of FreeNAS to update your software.

sudo pkg update
sudo pkg upgrade
sudo freebsd-update fetch
sudo freebsd-update install
sudo pkg_add -ui
sudo syspatch

Use this article from the documentation of Fedore to update your software.

emerge --sync
emerge -uDU --keep-going --with-bdeps=y @world

In this article we explained how to update the software of your VPS.

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Matthijs van Beek Admin 16 May 2019 (#3076)


Thanks for your feedback! It seems the instruction was missed in the .eu version after we updated it in the .nl version. We've updated the article accordingly. Please note that the fetch & install part only relates to security patches, see

ttiveron 15 May 2019 (#3073)

FreeBSD instructions are not correct sudo freebsd-update fetch && freebsd-update install

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