cPanel will release upgrade from EasyApache3 to EasyApache 4 autoconversion in early 2020. There are some key points that users have to be careful during this migration process.
cPanel’s EasyApache 3 reached the end of life in December of 2018 and no longer receiving much-needed security updates. cPanel last made a change in the Up Next initiative and they upgraded users on out of date and unsupported cPanel & WHM version to Version 78. Servers running EasyApache 3 faced an upgrade blocker that prevented the change to 78 and instead upgraded to Version 76. cPanel is working on resolving those blockers, which prevent a smooth transition to the LTS tier, Version 78.
Advantages of EasyApache 4
cPanel will make a significant change in early 2020. The company will release EasyApache 4 autoconversion which comes instead of EasyApache 3. EasyApache 4 offers the quality of life improvements. The faster build times, automatic updates, and multiple PHP version support are the main advantages that come with EasyApache 4.
On the other hand, cPanel warns users about some risks in upgrading your EasyApache version. The first warning is about servers that are using custom optmods not provided by cPanel will no longer be able to do so, as EasyApache 4 does not support them. Additionally, those custom optmods won’t be migrated and need manual intervention to fix. Users who have custom optmods in EasyApache 3, can generate custom EasyApache 4 RPMs following this guide.
When the server is blocked from upgrading for other reasons, it will also not receive the upgrade and continue to remain blocked. Finally, Tomcat 7 users will be migrated as-is, but are strongly encouraged to transition to our new system based on Tomcat 8.5. The upgrade from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 is automatic and takes place in early 2020. the cPanel Team will support users while migrating servers from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4.
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