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How do I upgrade Plesk?

  • Applies to: (dv) 4.0, DV

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Time needed: 20 minutes

  • Tools needed: Plesk administrator access

 
  • Applies to: DV
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 20
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access
  • Applies to: DV 4.0
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 20
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access

Overview

The DV product was first provisioned with a variant of either Plesk 11 or Plesk 11.5.

Prior to June 26, 2012, DV 4.0 servers were provisioned with Plesk 10.4. Parallels has released significant updates since the early release dates of these products, and these updates are available for free to current customers.

Keeping Plesk up-to-date is a vital way to take advantage of the console's latest features and avoid any potential security pitfalls that can arise when running outdated software. This article will show you how to upgrade your Plesk panel to the latest version.

CAUTION:

As with all guides for major server changes, there will always be edge cases that experience errors which can break things. While we have tried to account for possible fail-points, there is no way to guarantee with 100% certainty that the following commands won't cause more harm than good.

 

Before proceeding:

1. Make a back-up of your server.

2. Reboot your DV server.

3. Be comfortable with the idea that there is always a possibility that you will need to re-install and/or revert to that backup data.

Before upgrading

Before performing the actual upgrade to Plesk, you should.

  1. Make a back-up of your entire server, preferably using the Snapshot Backup tool. A Snapshot Backup will give you the option of restoring to your old server setup if anything goes wrong during the upgrade.

  2. Reboot your server to clear out any active processes or memory usage.

Let's Upgrade!

Via Plesk

From the Control Panel

  1. Log into your Control Panel.

  2. Click on the Server tab.

     

  3. Under the "Panel" section of the "Server" tab, select "Updates & Upgrades."

  4. Updates and Upgrades

  5. A new window or tab will open, depending on your browser settings. If you are upgrading to the latest version of Plesk, click on Install or Upgrade Product. If you are already on the latest version and just want to upgrade components, click on Update Components.

    The Parallels InstallerThe Parallels Installer.

  6. Click the Continue button to upgrade to the latest Plesk version.

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  7. NOTE:

    You may receive a warning about certain memory thresholds being exceded, especially if your DV has hit memory limits in the recent past. This may indicate something that requires additional investigation, but may also reflect recent memory issues rather than current ones. In most cases, you can safely select "Continue" when receiving these messages.

  8. Your upgrade will begin. Please be patient. This process can take up to 20 minutes to complete, depending on your Internet connection. Once completed, you will see a confirmation message similar to the one below.

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From the Server Administrator Panel

  1. Log into your Server Administrator Panel.


    The Plesk Server Administration Panel. Click for a larger view.

  2. From the left menu, click on Tools & Settings.


    Click on Tools & Settings.

  3. Under the Panel section, click on Updates and Upgrades.
  4. A new window or tab will open, depending on your browser settings. If you are upgrading to the latest version of Plesk, click on Install or Upgrade Product. If you are already on the latest version and just want to upgrade components, click on Update Components.

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  5. Click the Continue button to upgrade to the latest Plesk version.

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  6. NOTE:

    You may receive a warning about certain memory thresholds being exceded, especially if your DV has hit memory limits in the recent past. This may indicate something that requires additional investigation, but may also reflect recent memory issues rather than current ones. In most cases, you can safely select "Continue" when receiving these messages.

  7. Your upgrade will begin. Please be patient. This process can take up to 20 minutes to complete, depending on your Internet connection. Once completed, you will see a confirmation message such as the one below.

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Via SSH

Upgrading via SSH is the easiest method for more advanced users, and provides the most detailed output. While the Paralells repository will allow you to upgrade to newer versions of Plesk, it is highly recommended that you upgrade your DV's version of Plesk via the (mt) Media Temple repository, as this version is tested on and optimized for the DV platform.

To upgrade Plesk via the command line using the (mt) Media Temple repository, run the following command as the root user:

/usr/local/psa/admin/sbin/autoinstaller --source http://pleskrepo.mediatemple.net/plesk/ --select-product-id plesk

The autoinstaller will guide you through the next steps and offer a verbose output of the installation process.

Enable Nginx

You can add the nginx component at any time after the upgrade in Tools & Settings > Updates & Upgrades > Add Components. Once the component is added, you should run the Reverse Proxy Server (nginx) service in Tools & Settings > Services Management.

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