Using ISPmanager 5 Control Panel
Posted by on 24 November 2020 04:29 PM
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Using ISPmanager 5 to manage your Virtual Server
Using the ISPmanager 5 Control Panel, you can easily manage your Virtual Server. With ISPmanager 5 you can install server applications such as Tomcat or WildFly, stop/start/restart services, and install web applications like WordPress or Drupal. You can also add users, e-mail addresses, web sites, and configure general Virtual Server settings.
How to tell which version of ISPmanager you are using
How to tell which version of ISPmanager you are using
There are two versions of ISPmanager available: ISPmanager 4 and ISPmanager 5. Both work in very similar ways, but have some differences in functionality. Generally, a Virtual Server created before 26 September 2014 will be ISPmanager 4, and a Virtual Server created on or after that date will be ISPmanager 5. You could also have ISPmanager 5 Virtual Servers if you upgraded your Virtual Server from ISPmanager 4 to ISPmanager 5. Depending on when the individual Virtual Servers in your account were created, you could have both ISPmanager 4 and ISPmanager 5 available to you.
To verify which version of ISPmanager you have, log in to ISPmanager, and look at the navigation pane under the logo on the left. You can find the login credentials and a link to the ISPmanager control panel from the details page for your Virtual Server in your Customer Portal.
If your navigation pane looks like this you have ISPmanager 5 and are looking at the correct user guide:
If your navigation pane looks like this you have ISPmanager 4, and should be using the Using ISPmanager 4 to manage your Virtual Server documentation.
Installing Server Applications
Server Applications, called Features in ISPmanager 5, are generally applications that run at the server level, often as a service. These include applications like Tomcat, Apache, MySQL, and WildFly.
Installing Server Applications is done from Settings > Features. This takes you to the Features screen, where you can see which applications are installed and which are available to install.
To install a Feature, click on the name to highlight it, and then click on Resume in the upper left hand corner. When the Feature install is complete, the application will be listed in the Installed column (you may have to refresh the screen to see this).
Managing Services - Stop, Start, and Restart
Services on your Virtual Server will sometimes need to be stopped, started, or restarted. Services can include the Apache web server, the JBoss Java application server, or a database server such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.
Manage these services from System > Services. This takes you to the Services screen, where you can see what Services are running on the Virtual Server and can be managed from this screen.
(Note - this screen shows the services running on a default ISPmanager 5 install. Your Services screen will look different depending on which applications are installed and which services are running on your Virtual Server)
To manage a service, click on the name of the service once to highlight it, and then click Stop, Start, or Restart in the upper left corner. This will perform the selected action on the service.
Some services can also be managed from the command line of the Virtual Server. See the User Guide for that application for more information.
Backing up your Virtual Server using ISPmanager
ISPmanager will allow you to backup certain files and directories on your Virtual Server on a scheduled basis, and store them either on your VS or on a remote server of your own choosing. The backup created in ISPmanager does not back up your entire Virtual Server, nor is it a replacement for the backup solutions available from eApps. Please make sure to evaluate your backup needs carefully.
To create backups in ISPmanager 5, go to Backups > Settings. More information about the ISPmanager 4 backup system can be found here - File Backups in ISPmanager 5
eApps offers two backup services: a Basic Backup and an Enterprise Backup. More information can be found here - eApps Backup Services
Using the File Manager
Using the File manager in ISPmanager you can edit, upload, download, and otherwise manage the files on your Virtual Server. Which files you have access to will depend on which user you are logged in to ISPmanager as. For example, the root user will have access to system level files, but a non-root user will only have access to the files owned by that specific user.
The File Manager is located at System > File manager. More information about the ISPmanager 5 File Manager can be found here - File Manager.
File Manager Actions
In the File Manager you can carry out various actions on directories and files using the buttons at the top right of the screen. Which actions are available to you will depend on the type of file or directory you have selected.
Editing Files in the File Manager
Using the File manager, you can edit plain text files on your Virtual Server. A plain text file is one that is written in plain text, as opposed to an application or binary file, which is created by compiling the file in whatever programming language it was written in. Image files are also binary files.
If you try to edit a binary file, you will see this error - Error: Unable to modify the binary file
Depending on the file type, you may get an encoding error when trying to edit a file.
If you get this error, click on the drop down list, and choose ASCII or UTF-8 from the list. (The error mentions UTF-8, but you can still choose that option).
You will need to confirm that you want to reopen the file with the new encoding in order to proceed. Then you can edit the file.
ISPmanager 5 has a built-in wizard that will guide you through the process of adding a User. As part of adding a User you can also add a Web-domain and a Mail domain.
If you are creating a new website or adding a Mail domain that has a new user, this is the process to use.
To start, go to Accounts > Users. This will take you to the New user screen, starting with Step 1 - New user.
Step 1 - New user
Only four items are required in this section: Login, Template, Password, and (password) Confirmation.
On this same page are sections for Limits, Access, and Default value. Generally the default values are fine, but if you want this use to have shell (SSH) access, make sure to check Shell access under Access, and if you have PHP installed and this user will have a website will use PHP, check PHP as Apache module.
Once you have added the user, click Next.
Step 2 - Additional information
The web-domain and mail domain are added in this section. If you are going to allow this user to connect to the website using FTP or SFTP that can also be configured on this screen. More information about setting up a website can be found here - Website configuration, and more information on setting up e-mail addresses can be found here - E-mail configuration.
Once you have added the information for the FTP-user, web-domain, and mail domain, click Next.
Step 3 - Confirmation
This screen shows the results from Step 2. If you need to make any changes, click Back. Otherwise, click Finish.
This will take you back to the Accounts > Users - List of users screen. The user you just created will be listed here.