Plesk control panel is a comprehensive control panel solution that is used by most of the leading hosting providers for virtual, shared and dedicated hosting. Plesk is specially designed to simplify the management and administration of the websites. Plesk has the capacity to manage a large number of tasks that enables efficiency, profitability and customer satisfaction.

Here are detailed steps for installing Plesk control panel on a plain Dedicated server

Pre-installation tasks:

Login to the dedicated server & execute “uname -i” to get the OS bit version so that you can download the appropriate installer page

Later on, run “cat /etc/redhat-release” to check the name & version of the OS installed on the system, for downloading the appropriate installer package.

Run the following 3 commands, to check if Apache, PHP & MySQL are pre-installed by the OS:

If the above are found to be installed [most of the time they are] by the OS, they conflict with the applications Plesk installs, hence you can remove them with the following:

Check SELinux status, we have it disabled but still execute “getenforce” it should say “Disabled” or “Not enforcing“. If it’s enforcing, disable it by executing: “setenforce 0“.

Change your working directory to where you want to download the Auto-installer utility:

Once done, download the Auto-installer utility that suits your operating system from HERE and save it on your server’s hard drive.

Set the execution permission for Auto-installer:

Run the Auto-installer:

Read installation notes displayed on the screen and type ‘n’ to proceed to the next screen. Press ENTER.

Select the product versions that you want to install: type the number corresponding to the product version you need and press ENTER, then type ‘n’ and press ENTER to continue. Here’s a sample of installing Plesk control panel 8.4 on CentOS 5.x

Select the components that you wish to install by selecting the installation type for Plesk Control Panel.

By default, typical installation is selected. It includes a minimal number of packages required for Plesk to work. To install all components of Plesk including all Plesk modules and Web applications, select Full installation. To install only selected components, select Custom installation. In this screen, choose the proper installation type and press ENTER.

To review the components that will be installed, type L and then press ENTER. The selected packages are marked with [*] symbols.
To select or deselect a package, type the corresponding number and press ENTER.

When there are several versions of a component available for installing, for example, PHP v. 4 and PHP v.5, then you can choose the version that you want to install..

Primary components list for Plesk control panel. Select the components of Plesk Control Panel you want to install:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18 & 19 should only be selected.

Make sure that only the following components are selected & the page should look like:

15, 16, 18 & 19 have sub-components & they need to be selected too:

To continue with installation, type ‘n’ and press ENTER. When prompted, confirm installing: type ‘n’ and press ENTER again.

The packages will be downloaded and installed automatically. Hence you can get yourself a cup of coffee in the meantime
When the installation is finished a trial license key is installed for evaluation purposes & Plesk will have started automatically..
Now to complete the initial configuration, log in to the Plesk control panel running on your host:

Use the username ‘admin‘ and password ‘setup‘ (both are case sensitive). For security reasons, change the password upon initial login.

The setup is complete.