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Changelog for Linux

Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 New Features

Parallels Hosting Suite — Buy the most complete hosting solution on the market for one low price. Get a free Parallels Plesk Sitebuilder 100 domain license and a free Parallels Plesk Billing 1000 client license when you obtain a Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 unlimited domains license.

Google Services for Websites support — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 can now be easily integrated with Google Services for Websites. Includes support for Google Web Elements, Google Custom Search, Google Site Search, Google Page Speed and Google AdSense. Google Web Elements is a library of dynamic content and widgets. Google Custom Search is a customizable search engine that can be integrated with any website. Google Site Search is an integrated search engine that searches specific websites. Page Speed is a browser plug-in that allows users to evaluate the performance of their Web pages. Google AdSense is a free program that helps website owners display contextual search ads that can be monetized through revenue share with Google. All of these services will now be made available directly through the Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5.

Free installation, upgrade, migration and transfer assistance — Use you Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 license to access free new support access. All you need is:

  1. A valid and active Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 license, and
  2. You have had made at least one attempt to install, migrate or upgrade (either from an older version of Parallels Plesk Panel or a competing product)

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PCI Compliance — Parallels Plesk Panel can be made compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This can be achieved by running a special PCI compliance resolver utility and additional tuning of system components, as described in the document Achieving PCI Compliance for Servers Managed by Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5.

Compatibility with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 — Parallels Plesk Panel is now compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.

More virtualization solutions supported — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 can operate in virtual environments created by the following virtualization solutions: Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen, VMWare, KVM and Parallels Server Bare Metal.

API RPC Protocol — Updated API RPC protocol improves the ability to integrate your software solutions with the Parallels Plesk Panel and completely supports all important features introduced in Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5.

New Operating System Support — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 fully supports Cloud Linux, OpenSuSE 11, Fedora 11, Debian 5, Windows Server 2008 R2 and CloudLinux 5.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Support — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 for Windows now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Improved Hosting Setup — User Interface for Hosting Setup was redone to make the procedure easier and more intuitive. The improved usability allows service providers to setup hosting on one page much quicker then before.

Greylisting — Greylisting reduces the amount of unsolicited e-mail (SPAM) delivered to e-mail addresses by capitalizing on spammers’ reluctance to configure their mail servers properly. Since most spammers do not retry sending email, the greylisting initially refuses all mail from unknown sources and accepts them on a later retry. This technology can cut spam as much as 95% of spam.

Migration Utilities — Moving to the latest Parallels Plesk Panel has never been easier. Whether you are migrating from a cPanel server or from an older version of Parallels Plesk Panel, you will enjoy an easy and seamless transition to minimize your downtime.

Offer hundreds of applications via Application Packaging Standard Catalog — Now you can browse web applications packaged in APS Format directly from the Parallels Plesk Panel interface. Also, you can add them to the server Application Vault online without the hassles of manual uploading. These applications can be made freely available to all customers or their distribution can be restricted for provision on a per-user basis, allowing you to conveniently sell the applications according to the hosting plans you provide.

Resellers Level — The Parallels Plesk Panel user hierarchy is enriched with Reseller accounts in version 9.5. Resellers can sign up their own clients and resell Web hosting services to them, distributing available resources within the limits set by the Parallels Plesk Administrator. Resellers can also create and manage their own domains. Migrating your existing clients to resellers can be done simply following upgrade to version 9.5.

Parallels Plesk Billing Integration — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 is fully integrated with the Parallels Plesk Billing solution, eliminating the need to find third-party billing software. Smooth navigation between provisioning and billing portions makes provisioning more efficient for hosting service providers and their customers.

Postfix Support — Postfix mail server is available to all Parallels Plesk Panel for Linux/Unix users. The long-awaited support of the immensely popular alternative to Qmail allows Parallels Plesk Panel administrators to improve the stability, security and performance of all mail-related tasks. Switching from Qmail to Postfix is quick, effortless and transparent both to the administrator and end-users.

Enhanced Interface — Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 boasts a completely redone user interface designed to help users navigate and perform tasks quicker and easier. The most popular and important actions are available right away on the user Home Page. Navigating through Plesk is faster than ever now due to ability to select Resellers, Clients, Domains and Mail User levels via pathbar. Parallels Plesk Panel 9.5 is presented in a brand-new clear and nice Vista visual theme that combines the best elements of the most popular Parallels Plesk Panel interface skins.

Total Control Backup — Completely revised Parallels Plesk Panel Backup/Restore functionality provides users with a more powerful and flexible backup solution than ever before. Selective data backup and restoration is now a comfortable, painless, and fully controllable process. On-the-fly restoration conflict resolution offers a variety of ways to resolve issues prior to actual update of the system, thus guaranteeing success and complete control over the restoration process.

Overselling/Overuse Capabilities — The ability to conveniently manage the overselling and overuse of provided resources directly via the control panel tremendously improves the flexibility of business model implementation. Used in conjunction with the Resellers Level opens up new possibilities for those who provide shared hosting services.

@Mail Availability — Users can now enjoy additional choice of @mail as their WebMail tool. The selection of WebMail can be done on a per-domain basis, guaranteeing that every customer can select and use their WebMail client of choice.

PHP over Fast CGI — Site applications based on PHP can be executed much faster and safer with PHP running in the Fast CGI mode. This feature was previously available only in the Windows version.

Desktop Virtualization
- Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
- Parallels Transporter
- Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition
- Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition
- Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM
Server Virtualization
- Parallels Cloud Server
- Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 Beta
- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
- Parallels Automation
- Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure
- Parallels Business Automation Standard
- Parallels Virtual Automation
- Parallels Plesk Panel Suite
- Web Presence Builder
- Parallels Plesk Automation
- Parallels Small Business Panel
- Value-added Services for Hosters
- Parallels Partner Storefront
Services & Resources
- Cloud Acceleration Services
- Professional Services
- Support Services
- Training & Certification