How to install Plesk Control Panel on Windows server?

This article will assist you to install the Plesk Control Panel on Windows Server.

Step - 1

Login to your Windows VPS via Remote Desktop and browse the Plesk Panel download page.

Step - 2

Fill up the license form to receive the license keys at your registered email address.

License Page

Step - 3

Once you fill-up the license form, Plesk license information will be sent to you on registered email address and following screen will appear.

Plesk Download Option

Step -  4

Click on Plesk Windows Installer icon and installer file will be downloaded in your local computer. Once installer file is downloaded, run the setup file to initiate the setup process.

Plesk Installer File

Step - 5

This will launch the Plesk installation web interface in default browser of your system as shown in following screen.

Plesk Installer

Step - 6

On the next screen, you will see Plesk login screen appearing on URL http://localhost:8447. Specify your Administrator credentials and click on Log In button.

Login Screen

Step - 7

On the next screen, click on Install or Upgrade Product link.

Install Product

Step - 8

Check the checkbox Plesk and select the Plesk version from drop down menu. Click on Continue button.

Plesk Version

Step - 9

On the next screen, select the Installation Type as Custom and click on Continue button.

Custom Install

Step - 10

Select the componenets you wish to install in your server and click on Continue button. In the default VPS configuration, we install components selected in following screens. If you wish, you can select/deselect the components according to your requirements. In our setup, we chosen the MS SQL Server 2014, though you can select your choice of MS SQL Server.

Plesk Components

Plesk Components

Plesk Componenets

Step - 11

Keep the paths of installation directory, user data and website content as they are. Specify the Plesk Administrator password and click on Continue button. This will launch the component installation process.

Enter Password

Step - 12

You can see the Plesk installation progress as shown in following screen. Note that Plesk installation may take approximate 1 to 2 hours based on your Internet connection.

Installation Progress

When Plesk is installed, you will see following successful completion screen.

Successful Installation of Plesk

Step - 13

On the next screen, accept the terms of the license agreeement. Check the checkbox Do not show it again, if you don't want this screen appear again while login to Plesk.  

Accept Terms

Step - 14

On the View Selector screen, select your choice of View based on how you would use the Plesk Panel.


View Selector

Step - 15

Specify the hostname of the server and change default administrator password. Click on OK button to proceed.


Step - 16

Specify the details of Plesk Administrator and click OK button to proceed.

Admin Details

Step - 17

On the next screen, click on Install Key to activate the Plesk license key.

Install Key

Step -18

On the next screen, choose your choice of license activation method. Either specify the activation code you received in registered email account, OR you can upload the XML file of license key.

Enter Key

Step - 19

Specify the domain name of your first webspace, shared IP address, system user account username, password and click on OK button to proceed.

Space Settings

Step - 20

On the next screen, you will see Plesk Welcome screen as follows. You can simplly skip it by clicking on button OK, back to Plesk.

Welcome Screen

Step - 21

Browse the Plesk panel admin URL and you will see the Plesk dashboard screen as follows.

Welcome Page

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