A Metal license is used with a physical dedicated server in which the client leases the entire server that is not sold as a shared environment by a data center or server provider.
A Cloud license is for a virtual private server (VPS) or a virtual machine sold as a shared environment by a data center or server provider.
Cloud licenses will not work on dedicated servers. Before purchasing a Cloud license, it is recommended to review our list of supported Virtual Environments:
cPanel products support the following virtual environments with the following restrictions:
- Linux Containers
- Microsoft Server® 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V
- Oracle VM VirtualBox, VirtualBox OSE
- VMware® Server, VMware ESX Server
- Xen, XenEnterprise™, XenExpress™, XenServer™
Any environments not listed in the above list will use a Metal license type.
Virtual environment documentation is available at https://go.cpanel.net/virtualization.