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How To Install Parallels Plesk Panel on CentOS & RHEL 8

Introduction

Plesk Panel is a commercial web hosting and server data center automation software. In this article, you will learn how to install Plesk Obsidian on CentOS / RHEL 8.

It’s a centralized Control Panel.

You can build and manage multiple sites from a single dashboard. You can also run updates, monitor performance and onboard new prospects all from the same place.

Plesk, with latest version Obsidian 18.x, is available in the following license configurations:

  • Plesk Web Admin Edition: Up to 10 domains. For basic management of simple websites, without the extended tools and features.
  • Plesk Web Pro Edition: To manage up to 30 domains. It also includes Plesk WordPress Toolkit full-featured.
  • Plesk Web Host Edition: Unlimited domains. The administrator can also create additional reseller accounts.

The license price also distinguishes whether a license can be used for a dedicated server or a virtualized server. Licenses for dedicated servers are usually slightly more expensive.

Plesk sells all three licenses for a monthly or annual price directly. All three editions can also be obtained from official license resellers. Detailed Plesk pricing is available on their official website.

Update Linux Server Packages

Update your Linux operating system by executing following command.

# dnf update -y

Install Plesk Panel on CentOS 8

Here, we are installing the Plesk Panel (Obsidian) by using Installer Console.

Download Plesk Obsidian installer with wget command

[root@unixcop ~]#  wget https://autoinstall.plesk.com/plesk-installer
--2021-08-24 07:51:56--  https://autoinstall.plesk.com/plesk-installer
Resolving autoinstall.plesk.com (autoinstall.plesk.com)... 185.93.2.19, 185.93.2.27, 185.93.2.6, ...
Connecting to autoinstall.plesk.com (autoinstall.plesk.com)|185.93.2.19|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 15740 (15K) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: 'plesk-installer'

plesk-installer                       100%[=======================================================================>]  15.37K  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2021-08-24 07:51:57 (282 MB/s) - 'plesk-installer' saved [15740/15740]

[root@unixcop ~]#

Make the downloaded file executable.

# chmod +x plesk-installer

Install and configure Parallels Plesk Panel and dependent software components with the following download script.

[root@unixcop ~]# ./plesk-installer

The Plesk Installation and Upgrade Wizard will guide you through
the installation or upgrade process.
===============================================================================

------ IMPORTANT ------

* New installation of product(s) should be performed on clean servers only.

* Before upgrading Plesk, be sure to back up your data.

* By using this Wizard you agree to the terms and conditions described at
  http://www.plesk.com/legal/terms/ and those of the Plesk End User
  License Agreement.

Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(Q) Cancel installation

Select an action [F/q]: F
Checking for installed packages... 
Downloading file products.inf3: 100% was finished.
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Downloading Extensions Catalog feed...
Downloading file https://ext.plesk.com/api/v4/packages?platform=unix&version=18.0.37&ai-compatible: 0%
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gpg-pubkey-8483c65d-5ccc5b19 gpg(CentOS (CentOS Official Signing Key) <security@centos.org>)
gpg-pubkey-914bdf7e-55c05220 gpg(Plesk Team <info@plesk.com>)

The installer script shows the link to Plesk Obsidian license. Press F key to go forward.

Select the installation type for Plesk Obsidian
===============================================================================

Installation types for the product:

 1. (*) Recommended
       Install typically used components. Recommended for general use.

 2. ( ) Full
       Install all available components.

 3. ( ) Custom
       Custom components selection. Recommended only for experienced users.


Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(B) Go back
(Q) Cancel installation

Select an action or a number [F/b/q/1-3]: F
gpg-pubkey-8483c65d-5ccc5b19 gpg(CentOS (CentOS Official Signing Key) <security@centos.org>)
gpg-pubkey-914bdf7e-55c05220 gpg(Plesk Team <info@plesk.com>)
Retrieving information about the installed license key...
Launching component and product checkers...
Downloading file pool/PSA_18.0.37_6686/examiners/repository_check.sh: 100% was finished.   
Downloading file pool/PSA_18.0.37_6686/examiners/disk_space_check.sh: 100% was finished.
Downloading file pool/PSA_18.0.37_6686/examiners/sh_cmd.sh: 100% was finished.          
Start downloading 1 files of unknown size and 0 delta RPMs
Downloading CentOS Linux 8 - PowerTools 2105086/2451404 [total 2105086/unknown B 0/1 files]
Download CentOS Linux 8 - PowerTools   2451404B 0:00:18 [total 0/unknown B 1/1 files]
Start downloading 1 files of unknown size and 0 delta RPMs
Downloading PLESK_18_0_37 dist 0/0 [total 0/unknown B 0/1 files]
Download PLESK_18_0_37 dist   3091B 0:00:30 [total 0/unknown B 1/1 files]
Start downloading 1 files of unknown size and 0 delta RPMs

Select the installation type. The default Recommend option is good for you, press ‘F’ to continue.

Preparing Your System for Product Installation
===============================================================================

There are 368 packages required for the product to function properly which
were not found in your system.

There are 0 packages that need to be upgraded
in order to install the product.


Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(B) Go back
(Q) Cancel installation
(S) Show the list of packages

Select an action [F/b/q/s]: F
Installing packages
Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:07 ago on Tue Aug 24 08:28:47 2021.
Start downloading 71 files of 61853988 size and 0 delta RPMs
Download libjpeg-turbo-1.5.3-10.el8.x86_64.rpm   159432B [total 415324/61853988B 1/71 files]
Download psmisc-23.1-5.el8.x86_64.rpm   154364B [total 437255/61853988B 2/71 files]
Download perl-libnet-3.11-3.el8.noarch.rpm   123784B [total 693470/61853988B 3/71 files]
Download libpq-13.3-1.el8_4.x86_64.rpm   201952B [total 1200486/61853988B 4/71 files]
Download plesk-libboost-1.65-1.65.1-1centos.8.191004.1513.x86_64.rpm   7934B [total 1398572/61853988B 5/71 files]
Download plesk-libboost-date-time1.65-1.65.1-1centos.8.191004.1513.x86_64.rpm   28928B [total 1614916/61853988B 6/71 files]
Download plesk-libboost-filesystem1.65-1.65.1-1centos.8.191004.1513.x86_64.rpm   59098B [total 1884686/61853988B 7/71 files]
Download sqlite-3.26.0-13.el8.x86_64.rpm   683476B 0:00:05 [total 1948721/61853988B 8/71 files]

Then Press F to move forward as shown above.

Components and product check results:
Installation is finished
  
  	                           Congratulations!
  
  	The installation has been finished. Plesk is now running on your server.
  
  	To complete the configuration process, browse either of URLs:
  	  * https://recursing-mendel.156-217-118-33.plesk.page/login?secret=EuF_wUNNPilzfym-fP-Gs-Hl9eceHNG3sPbTkLUMFWrGlAnG
  	  * https://192.168.13.131/login?secret=EuF_wUNNPilzfym-fP-Gs-Hl9eceHNG3sPbTkLUMFWrGlAnG
  
  	Use the username 'admin' to log in. To log in as 'admin', use the 'plesk login' command.
  	You can also log in as 'root' using your 'root' password.
  
  	Use the 'plesk' command to manage the server. Run 'plesk help' for more info.
  
  	Use the following commands to start and stop the Plesk web interface:
  	'service psa start' and 'service psa stop' respectively.
  
  	If you would like to migrate your subscriptions from other hosting panel
  	or older Plesk version to this server, please check out our assistance
  	options: https://www.plesk.com/professional-services/
  


The changes were applied successfully.


[root@unixcop ~]#

So Plesk Panel has been installed successfully

Note

The URL above at the end of installation will be used to access Plesk Obsidian for the first time.

Note

the PSA service may express a problem in startup, so you have to check the systemd service unit for PSA .

Also start it with the following command then check if it is running or not with the systemctl status command.

[root@unixcop ~]# systemctl start psa.service
[root@unixcop ~]# systemctl status psa.service
● psa.service - Plesk Panel
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/psa.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (exited) since Tue 2021-08-24 09:00:58 EDT; 44min ago
 Main PID: 33013 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
    Tasks: 0 (limit: 6242)
   Memory: 0B
   CGroup: /system.slice/psa.service

Aug 24 09:00:58 recursing-mendel.156-217-118-33.plesk.page systemd[1]: Starting Plesk Panel...
Aug 24 09:00:58 recursing-mendel.156-217-118-33.plesk.page systemd[1]: Started Plesk Panel.
[root@unixcop ~]# 

For me there is no problemes.

If the status of PSA service is dead or inactive then edit the PSA systemd unit with editor.

# vim /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/psa.service

and change type from one-shot to simple as shown below.

[Unit]
Description=Plesk Panel
Wants=sw-cp-server.service sw-engine.service
Wants=mariadb.service mysql.service
After=network.target mariadb.service mysql.service

[Service]
Type=simple
RemainAfterExit=yes
ExecStart=/bin/true

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Then reload daemon to start PSA service now with below commands:

# systemctl daemon-reload
# systemctl start psa.service

Also check the status of PSA service again. You will find that PSA service has been started successfully.

Configure Linux Firewall

Plesk Panel runs on HTTP port. for this reason you need to allow it in Linux firewall with below commands:

[root@unixcop ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
success
[root@unixcop ~]# firewall-cmd --reload
success
[root@unixcop ~]#

Access Plesk Panel

Use the URL provided by Plesk installer that we mentioned in the above Note to access Obsidian web interface.

Then provide contact info, set the password for admin user and select license type. (option: Proceed with a full-featured trial license) as shown below.

Plesk is setting up Plesk Panel for you.

With successful configuration the Plesk will redirect you to Introduction page as shown above.

Click on “Explore Plesk” to move forward to Plesk dashboard.

Plesk version

You can check the version of plesk with command

[root@unixcop ~]# plesk -v
Product version: Plesk Obsidian 18.0.37.2
     OS version: CentOS 8.4.2105 x86_64
     Build date: 2021/08/09 18:00
       Revision: 1dff6684b76d24eb5432e13e6870e5795482e0a1
[root@unixcop ~]#

Conclusion

So you have successfully installed Parallel Plesk Panel (Obsidian) on CentOS / RHEL 8.

For more information about Plesk, You can visit its official website here.

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