Install Parallels Plesk Over SSH

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CentOS 6.5 64-bit, Parallels Plesk 12.0.18

I recently had to install Parallels’ Plesk control panel via SSH, and I found it hard getting to a single reference for this process, so here’s my notes for other Googlers.


I’m using a default installation of CentOS 6.5 64-bit, from the minimal ISO. I’ve installed CentOS in the quick and dirty fashion, and allowed it to specify the partitions. Here’s my structure;

$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
                       26G  2.6G   21G  10% /
tmpfs                 939M  8.0K  939M   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1             485M   54M  407M  12% /boot

As you can see, I haven’t manipulated the volumes or partitions at all for this process. Note that your system will need at least 1.2GB of disk space for Plesk version 12.0.18. I would recommend that you have at least 2GB free space.

Plesk Installer

We’ll download the Plesk Installer using wget. You will need that first if you haven’t installed it yet (it’s not installed on the minimal CentOS distro).

$ sudo yum install wget

Once wget in installed, switch to the /tmp directory and grab the Plesk Installer.

$ cd /tmp
$ sudo wget

Once the download has completed, you will want to make the installer executable.

$ sudo chmod +x plesk-installer


You are ready to go with the installer. It’s up you whether to use the web interface or not. Personally, I prefer working from the terminal, but it’s your choice. If you are working on a local server, it makes more sense to use the web interface, otherwise, I wouldn’t bother.

If you do go with the web interface, ensure that you can reach your server via the IP address or a qualified domain name. Otherwise, stick to the terminal.

Via the terminal (raw):

$ sudo ./plesk-installer

Using the web interface (gui):

$ sudo ./plesk-installer --web-interface

Follow the numerous on-screen prompts for your preference and the installer will do the rest.

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