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[How to] Upgrade custom PHP 5 for Parallels Plesk Panel

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Plesk Panel 11.5 for Windows

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How to upgrade custom PHP 5 for Parallels Plesk Panel?

Resolution

How to update PHP 5 on a Windows server with Parallels Plesk Panel 8.x and 9.x installed.

In order to upgrade PHP 5 to the necessary version (other than shipped with Parallels Plesk), please perform the following steps:

  1. Stop Plesk services (Control Panel and all that are included in the Plesk Run-Time section)
  2. Rename folder %plesk_dir%\Additional\PleskPHP5 to the orig_PleskPHP5
  3. Create a new folder %plesk_dir%\Additional\PleskPHP5
  4. Download necessary version of PHP, unzip its content, and copy it to the newly created folder PleskPHP5
  5. Copy the file php.ini from the old folder orig_PleskPHP5 to the new one
  6. Make sure the permissions are inherited
  7. Start Plesk services
  8. Click the Refresh button in the Components Management section in Parallels Plesk Panel and check if you can see the new PHP version there

How to update PHP 5 on a Windows server with Parallels Plesk Panel 10.x and 11.x installed.

  1. Stop Plesk services (Control Panel and all that are included in the Plesk Run-Time section)
  2. Rename the %plesk_dir%\Additional\PleskPHP53 folder to the orig_PleskPHP53

Note: There are three folders in %plesk_dir%\Additional\:

- PHP for PHP 4.4.9;
- PleskPHP5 for PHP 5.2.17;
- PleskPHP53 for  PHP 5.3.10.

Please take this into consideration and rename the appropriate folder depending on the version of PHP you would like to update.
  1. Create a new folder %plesk_dir%\Additional\PleskPHP53
  2. Download necessary version of PHP, unzip its content, and copy it to the newly created folder PleskPHP53
  3. Copy the file php.ini from the old folder orig_PleskPHP53 to the new one
  4. Make sure the permissions are inherited
  5. Start Plesk services
  6. Click the Refresh button in the Components Management section in Parallels Plesk Panel and check the new PHP version there

Note: The same steps can be performed for PHP 5.4

Please also note that you need to refer to Release notes for Windows-based OS for Plesk 10.4 and for Plesk 11.0 to know the supported versions of PHP to avoid using non-supported version:

You need to be aware that PHP versions other than that shipped with Parallels Plesk Panel were not tested. The procedure described here does not affect the PHP version that Plesk uses for itself.

Additional information

Parallels Plesk Panel is distributed with its own PHP that processes the control panel. That PHP cannot and shoud not be upgraded with the instructions.

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