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How to install Plesk Heath Monitor

Difficulty: Intermediate


  • Your own Virtual Private Server (VPS)
  • Plesk Login details


Plesk Health Monitor provides you with both reporting and alerting on the resource usage of your Plesk based VPS. This allows you to not only ensure that your VPS us running at optimum levels but also preempt issues before the occur. If you are experiencing issues with page load times or slow database queries, the information from Plesk Health Monitor can be invaluable in narrowing down the problem.


These instructions are based on Plesk 11.5. If you are running an older version, the specific process may be slightly different.

  1. Login to your Plesk based VPS as the admin user.
    Plesk Login
  2. Under Tools and Settings , select Upgrades and Updates on the right hand side. This will open a new browser window.
  3. Click Add and Remove Components and select the Heath monitor option to enable it.
    Install Plesk Health Monitor
  4. Click Continue.
  5. This will start the install process.
  6. Once the install is complete, login to Plesk again and on the left hand side you'll now see Health monitoring on the left hand side:
    Health monitoring
  7. You'll now see a page with a summary of your VPS resources, hopefully with all green ticks!
    Plesk Health Monitor - services summary
  8. As you expand each of the resources, you will see a summary of the underlying services or resource allocations, for example here's what the Services area looks like:
    Plesk Health Monitor - Services Summary
    This will give an instant breakdown of the current resource usage and help you to find any issues.
  9. If you click on any of the tick boxes, you will see a graph of the resource usage. This graph can show a summary of the last 3 hours all the way through to the last week.  Here's an example for Apache CPU usage:
    Plesk Health Monitor - CPU Usage example
  10. The system will also alert you via email when there are resource usage issues. This can be invaluable to alert you to issues before they start to become an issue, especially if you're running an eCommerce platform and don't want to miss any orders through your site!

If you are finding that your server is using a high amount of resources, Conetix can (in most cases) instantly provide your VPS with a temporary increase. We can also help to diagnose any issues with your configuration which may be causing the resource spike so please feel free to call or submit a support request.

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