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Installing Plesk on Windows VPS

Updated at
22/08/2023
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Introduction: Plesk is a comprehensive web hosting control panel designed for simplified server management. This article outlines the steps to install Plesk on a Windows VPS, enabling you to effortlessly manage your hosting environment.

Prerequisites:

  • You must have a Windows VPS of type S or higher.
  • Basic understanding of server administration concepts.
  • Check the hardware and software requirements for Plesk Obsidian before proceeding.

Installation Steps:

  1. Enabling Required Ports:

    • Plesk's installation requires incoming traffic to be allowed on TCP 8443 and TCP 8447 ports. By default, these ports are enabled in the firewall upon VPS purchase.
    • For additional Plesk services, create firewall rules to enable other necessary ports.
    • A comprehensive list of Plesk ports and protocols is available in the official documentation.
  2. Generating Plesk License Key:

    • Access the Cloud Panel.
    • Navigate to Infrastructure > Servers and select your desired server.
    • Scroll down to the Plesk section and click "Generate Plesk License Key."
    • Make sure to copy the generated license key for later use.
  3. Installing Plesk:

    • Log in to the server as an administrator.
  4. Download Plesk Installer:

    • Download the Plesk Installer using this link: Plesk Installer
    • Save the installer in a directory that's easily accessible.
  5. Access Command Prompt:

    • Open the search bar in the taskbar and type "cmd."
    • Double-click "Command Prompt" to open it.
  6. Navigate to Installation Directory:

    • Use the following command to navigate to the directory where the installation file is saved:
      cd /NAME_OF_EXAMPLE_FOLDER
  7. Install Plesk:

    • To install Plesk with the default configuration, run the following command:
      plesk-installer.exe --web-interface
    • A browser window will open.
  8. Enter Administrator Credentials:

    • Log in using the administrator account credentials for your server.
  9. Begin Installation:

    • Once logged in, you'll see the installation user interface.
    • Initially, only the option to install Plesk will be available.
    • Click "Install or Upgrade Product."
  10. Select Plesk Installation:

    • Choose the Plesk installation box.
  11. Installation Type (Optional):

    • Choose the desired installation type based on your requirements:
      • Recommended: Comprehensive components for web hosting, including the web server, mail server, and more.
      • Complete: All Plesk components and features.
      • Custom: Choose components from a list (recommended for experienced administrators).
    • Click "Continue."
  12. Configuration Options (Optional):

    • Adjust installation directory, user data path, content storage path, and Plesk administrator password if desired.
    • Click "Continue."
  13. Plesk Installation:

    • Plesk will begin installing. The process duration depends on factors like component count, system resources, and Internet speed.
  14. Accessing Plesk:

    • Open your browser and enter the following URL, replacing "example" with your server's IP address:
      https://example:8443
    • Proceed past security warnings as needed based on your browser.
  15. First Time Logging In:

    • Log in using root user account credentials.
    • Enter your email address in the Email field.
    • Set a password in the Password field.
    • Note your login details and enter the license key from earlier.
    • Accept the end-user license agreement.
    • Click "Enter Plesk."
  16. Exploring Plesk:

    • The Plesk user interface will open, offering a versatile control panel for managing your hosting environment.

Notes:

  • Plesk simplifies server management and offers an intuitive interface.
  • Ensure your VPS meets the hardware and software requirements for a successful installation.
  • Plesk's components can be added or removed after installation.
  • Access Plesk using the provided URL in your browser for a comprehensive management experience.

By following these steps, you can seamlessly install Plesk on your Windows VPS, enhancing your hosting capabilities with an efficient and user-friendly control panel.

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