Free server control panel – VestaCP 0.9.8 Review

Once you’ve received VPS or dedicated server, you need to configure and manage it.

Today on market there is a dozens of control web panels for easy server administration. They writen on different languages, with different system requirements and funcionality. Some of them commercial and you need to purchase license to use it, and some of them are free.

Today we’ll review free, super fast and user-friendly web server control panel – VestaCP 0.9.8.

Install Vesta Control Panel on Debian 8.9

First, let’s visit official VestaCP install page and check for current version, supported operation systems and minimal system requirements.

Now, connect to your server via SSH under the root user.


Download VestaCP installation script

root@s1:~# wget

--2017-11-19 13:28:28--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1721 (1.7K) [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘’      100%[===================>]   1.68K  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2017-11-19 13:28:29 (159 MB/s) - ‘’ saved [1721/1721]

Let’s run Vesta Control Panel installation script

root@s1:~# bash 
Error: group admin exists

Please remove admin user account before proceeding.
If you want to do it automatically run installer with -f option:
Example: bash --force

We’ve got an error: group admin exists. That’s mean on our server group “admin” is already created. It depends on operation system images on some hosting providers.
Remove admin group by typing next command:

root@s1:~# delgroup admin
Removing group `admin' ...

Run installation script again: bash

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Following packages are already installed:

It is highly recommended to remove them before proceeding.
If you want to force installation run this script with -f option:
Example: bash --force

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Error: Control Panel should be installed on clean server.

Oh no, again error: Control Panel should be installed on clean server. Most operation systems come with preinstalled software, like EXIM in our example. Exim is mail transfer agent and it’s responsible for receiving, delivering and routing an email.
To completely remove mail agent and it’s configuration files (it’s required to continue web panel installation) run next command with –purge attribute:

root@s1:~# apt-get --purge remove exim4 exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  exim4* exim4-base* exim4-config* exim4-daemon-light*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 4,053 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

After running command apt-get –purge remove exim4 exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light remember to to press Enter, to confirm packages removal.

That’s it. Now we can continue VestaCP installation process.

root@s1:~# bash 
--2017-11-19 14:26:25--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 46673 (46K) [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘’

vst-install-debian. 100%[=====================>]  45.58K   283KB/s   in 0.2s   

2017-11-19 14:26:25 (283 KB/s) - ‘’ saved [46673/46673]

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                                  Vesta Control Panel

Following software will be installed on your system:
   - Nginx Web Server
   - Apache Web Server (as backend)
   - Bind DNS Server
   - Exim mail server
   - Dovecot POP3/IMAP Server
   - MySQL Database Server
   - Vsftpd FTP Server
   - Iptables Firewall + Fail2Ban

Would you like to continue [y/n]:

Type “y” to confirm and wait. It should take no longer then 15 minutes, you’ll be asked for email address and proper FQDN (your server’s domain name). You can enter any domain name, or press enter if it already has been detected by installation script.

Would you like to continue [y/n]: y
Please enter admin email address:
Please enter FQDN hostname []: 
Installation backup directory: /root/vst_install_backups/1511101635

Installation will take about 15 minutes ...

At the end of installation process you’ll see congratulatory message and your access details:

Congratulations, you have just successfully installed Vesta Control Panel
    username: admin
    password: LksUbui8OU

Now open your browser, go to provided link with port 8083 and login with username and password. In some browsers, instead of control panel login page, you could see warning notification “Your connection is not secure“:

Connection is not secure notice in Firefox

It happens because web control panel (web server) use self signed SSL certificate to make connection with server more secure. However this certificate is self signed, and it’s not trusted by web browser as it potential risk. But we know about it and let’s add this website to exception list.

Click on the button Add Exception…

Confirm Security Exception by clicking on the relevant button.

Open control panel address again and refresh your browser if needed.

VestaCP Login Page

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