Upgrading H-Sphere to 2.4 RC 2


This document explains how to upgrade H-Sphere from 2.3.1 Patch 9, any of 2.3.2 versions, earlier 2.4 betas and 2.4 RC 1 to 2.4 RC2. If your H-Sphere is lower than 2.3.1 Patch 9, please update to this version first.

This candidate includes bugfixes in AntiVirus and AntiSpam resources, Sitetoolbox and Kanoodle managers and more.


  • Don't forget to upgrade Winbox to 2.4 RC 1 if you have an older version of Winbox. If you are updating from H-Sphere 2.4 RC 1, don't update Winbox component, because it hasn't changed between releases.
  • The upgrade won't work without a valid H-Sphere license. Please check if you have enough licenses to cover all accounts in the system.
  • H-Sphere currently supports only the following operation systems:
    Linux RedHat (7.2, 7.3, RHES 2.1, RHWS 2.1, RHAS 2.1, RHWS3, RHES3, RHAS3), CentOS (3.1), and FreeBSD (4.7, 4.8, 4.9)
  • For correct performance of WebShell4, you need 1.3.29 apache update.


  1. Make sure to have H-Sphere 2.3.1 Patch 9 or an earlier 2.4 beta installed:
    # cat ~cpanel/shiva/psoft_config/hsphere.properties | grep HS_VERSION
  2. Download 2.4 RC 2 installation package from the Positive Software site:
    Make sure the target directory doesn't contain any other U24.0RC2 file!
  3. Stop H-Sphere using one of the following commands:
    # /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpdcp stop
    # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apachecp.sh stop

    To stop SiteStudio, stop Imaker by running:
    # kill -9 `ps -axw|grep imaker.sh |grep -v grep|awk '{print $1}'`
    # kill -9 `ps -axw|grep ImageMaker|grep -v grep|awk '{print $1}'`

  4. Run the update script:
    # sh ./U24.0RC2
    You will see a help window with a prompt to enter update options.
    To update H-Sphere to version 2.4 RC2 and Site Studio to version 1.6 RC 3, enter:
    To update only H-Sphere to version 2.4 RC2, enter:
    To update only Site Studio to 1.6 RC 3, enter:
    Later you'll be able to add more servers or services to the cluster by following the Adding Servers and Adding Services manuals.
  5. If you have windows servers and are updating from a version older than 2.4 RC 1, update your Winbox to 2.4 RC1.
  6. Start H-Sphere CP:
    # /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpdcp start
    # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apachecp.sh start
  7. Start ImageMaker:
    # /hsphere/shared/SiteStudio/imaker.sh >& /hsphere/shared/SiteStudio/var/error_log 2>&1 &
    # /hsphere/shared/SiteStudio/imaker.sh >& /hsphere/shared/SiteStudio/var/error_log &
  8. Check the version of H-Sphere:
    # cat ~cpanel/shiva/psoft_config/hsphere.properties | grep HS_VERSION

    You will see a line similar to this:
    2.4.0 is the version of H-Sphere,
    423 is H-Sphere build,
    You can have a later build of version 2.4.0.

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