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How to upgrade Parallels Plesk Panel on a PVC Container to a new version

Article ID: 111669, created on Jul 19, 2011, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Parallels Plesk 11.x for Linux
  • Parallels Plesk 10.x for Linux
  • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux 4.7
  • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux 4.6


Since Parallels Plesk Panel 10, Parallels ships two sets of EZ templates for each Parallels Plesk Panel release: Major-version and Version-free EZ templates.

Both templates provide the same software components; the only difference between them is what template updates are installed when a container is updated:
  • Major-version EZ templates install the latest patch level within major version of Parallels Plesk Panel.
    Such templates are named as follows: pp<product_version>. Example: pp10 or pp11.

  • Version-free EZ templates always install the latest currently available Parallels Plesk Panel version.  It will not let you to install older version.
    Such templates are named just pp. Product version is not specified for such templates.
You can tell Major-version templates and Version-free ones apart based on their names: the name prefix of the first type contains major version (pp10), while the latter does not contain any version numbers (pp).


Before updating templates on the container, check what kind of Parallels Plesk Panel template is installed. It can be checked by retrieving the list of the installed templates:
# vzpkg list CT_ID
centos-5-x86_64                    2012-01-11 18:52:30
centos-5-x86_64      pp10          2012-05-25 12:26:14
centos-5-x86_64      pp10-qmail    2012-05-25 12:26:14
centos-5-x86_64      mod_ssl       2012-05-25 12:26:14
centos-5-x86_64      mod_perl      2012-05-25 12:26:14
centos-5-x86_64      webalizer     2012-05-25 12:26:14

In this example we can see that Major-version EZ template is installed. If version of the installed Parallels Plesk Panel template is not specified, it means that Version-free template is installed.

Perform the following upgrade procedure depending on the type of the installed:

  1. Major-version EZ template. If Parallels Plesk Panel was installed with the major-version template, it can be updated to the latest patch level within the same version with the following command:
# vzpkg update CT_ID

All application templates installed on a container will be updated to the latest patch level within major version. If Parallels Plesk Panel 10.3 was installed after the update Plesk will be updated to the latest version of 10.x.

For upgrading Parallels Plesk Panel to the next version, the template of the next version should be specified. For upgrade to the version 11.x use the command:

# vzpkg install CT_ID pp11

  1. Version-free EZ template. If Parallels Plesk Panel was installed with the Version-free EZ template, it can be upgraded by updating the installed templates. No need to install a new templates:
# vzpkg update CT_ID

After the update the latest available version of Parallels Plesk Panel will be installed.

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