Here is my server details

cat /etc/*-release
CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)
NAME="CentOS Linux"
VERSION="7 (Core)"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="CentOS Linux 7 (Core)"


CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)
CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)

I wanted to update Kernel to latest version in order to run docker

I did update using yum update and showed me that its updating kernel to some 4.* version.

Then I did reboot

And then I saw

[root@vps ~]# uname -r

Its still running older version.

I tried solution from https://serverfault.com/a/623755/213444

But my server has no such files at those locations.

What is going wrong?

  • 2
    Could you please add in your question in detail how you installed that CentOS7 version. Is that bare metal or virtualised? CentOS7 comes with a 3.x kernel by default and I am wondering where you got a running 2.6 kernel for that. Also describe your upgrade to 4.x version which feels incorrect. – Thomas Jun 22 '17 at 11:20

/Edit: Just read Thomas' comment about the kernel version 2.6.32-042stab116.2.

That's because your VPS provider is using Virtuozzo / OpenVZ containers. There are options to run docker in such environments:


However, sometimes customers are not able to request that the provider changes these settings. I also needed to move to a different, fully virtualized server in order to run docker.

Otherwise the following tipps could still be helpful for others:

Is /boot maybe located on another partition that was not mounted during kernel update? Or there was not enough space left on /boot and the install script bailed before successfully creating the initramfs and applying updates to the grub2.cfg.

Please check that /boot is mounted and both vmlinuz and initramfs for the new kernel are in place. Then manually invoke:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

This updates the available boot stanzas in the grub2 config presented during system boot.

Another possibility:

In order to activate a new kernel, the system needs to be rebooted. If you used reboot -fmaybe the files were not correctly written to disk, yet.

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