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Working hard on PleskHacker

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Some of you may have already noticed from my Twitter feed, but I’ve started a complete re-write of pleskhacker.

Why I use Plesk

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It seems like I have a conversation like this one at least once a week:

Forcing qmail to process e-mail in the queue

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Normally, qmail will be able to process the mail queue without any interaction from the system administrator, however, if you want to force it to process everything that is in the queue right now, you can do so:

Plesk and MySQL 5

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One of the questions I receive the most is: “What version of Plesk works with MySQL 5?

Removing news feeds in Horde

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If you’ve used newer versions of Horde with Plesk, you have probably noticed the news feed that runs down the left side of the screen.


Slow Horde login process with Plesk

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I’ve seen quite a few situations where the Horde login process can take upwards of 45 minutes to log a user into the webmail interface.

Parsing HTML through PHP in Plesk

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Some users will want to parse HTML through the PHP parser because one of their applications requires it, or because they think it’s a good idea.

Low priority Plesk backups

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I hear a lot of complaints about Plesk’s backup routines and how they can bring a server to its knees.

Automatic Plesk login

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If you want to make a quick bookmark that will automatically log yourself into Plesk, make this bookmark:

Send Plesk e-mail to /dev/null or blackhole

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Should you find yourself needing to send e-mail destined for a certain account to a blackhole or to /dev/null, you’ll find very little information from Google.

Changing the default SSL certificate in Plesk

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When Plesk is installed, the default certificate for the Plesk interface itself is a self-signed certificate that is generated during the installation.

Joomla and Plesk permissions

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Thanks to a highly awesome technician on my team, we’ve discovered the perfect permissions setup for Joomla and Plesk:

Horde refreshes when logging in

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If you find that Horde (with Plesk) keeps refreshing when you attempt to log in, and there are no errors logged on the screen or in Apache’s logs, check the session.

Plesk SQL Statements

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When you need to find information about anything in Plesk, here’s some SQL statements that you can use:

Add SPF records to all domains in Plesk

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If you find yourself in the situation where you need to bulk add SPF records to every domain in Plesk, you can use this huge one-liner:

Pre-upgrade Plesk Backup

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Before you upgrade Plesk, it’s always a good idea to make a backup and also make your ip and shell maps:

Plesk Database Schematic

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I’ve heard a lot of people are interested in something like this, so I decided to create it.

Adjust max_execution_time for Horde in Plesk

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Often times, the wonderful webmail application known as Horde will spin out of control and cause unnecessary resource usage and often cause defunct Apache processes to appear.

Finding compromised scripts

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If your server is sending out spam because of some bad scripts, hunt that stuff down:

Disabling SSLv2 in Plesk

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To disable SSLv2 server-wide on a Plesk server, add this in your /etc/httpd/conf.

Bulk IP update in Plesk

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There’s lots of situations where you’d want to use a bulk IP change in Plesk:

Finding compromised mail accounts in Plesk

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If odd bounced e-mails are coming back to the server or the server is listed in a blacklist, some accounts may be compromised on the server.

Wave the Plesk magic wand

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If Plesk ever appears to be out of sync with the configuration files, or if there’s a Plesk issue that’s occurring that makes no sense at all, just stand back and wave the Plesk magic wand:

Moving mail between some Plesk servers

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If you’re migrating a domain, sometimes their mail will go to the old server for a while after you’ve changed the DNS.