Installing Xubuntu onto new Server

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Installing xubuntu(XFCE+Ubuntu) onto new Server


  • Boot using the JAVA remote control client, or an HP ilO remote control client or if this is a virtual machine, using the vSphere console
  • pop an ISO into the Virtual Media CD Draw – get the xubuntu iso from their website. It’s about 930Mb
  • Restart the server making sure the BIOS is set to boot from CD-ROM
  • If you have done the above tasks correctly the server will present you with an XUbuntu installation wizard screen
  • Choose Install
  • Run through the install wizard asking it to completely erase the operating system and place this in it’s place
  • choose /dev/sda as the place to install it
  • choose london as you timezone
  • continue all the way through answering the relevant questions
  • reboot at the end
  • The desktop should be up and you should be able to log in using the credentials you entered during the build stage.

Configure it's networking

  • When presented with your desktop you will NOT have an IP address yet. Click on the spinny dial at the top right of the screen, which represents networking.
  • Left click and then choose Auto Ethernet – let it whirl for a while.
  • Now left click the menu again and goto Edit
  • now double click on the Auto Ethernet connection
  • In here you can rename the connection if you like. Seeing as it’s the configuration for Eth0
  • I like to rename it to Eth0Then click on the IPv4 tab
  • In the Method field change this to Manual
  • In the Address field type in your new IP address
  • Mask is
  • Gateway is
  • DNS is space
  • Click Save and wait for the network manager in the top right of the screen to show connected.

Obviously in my example my IP was Please change the address/mask/gateway and dns to that of your network.

Updating the system

  • Open up a terminal
  • type “sudo su”
  • then your username’s password
  • you are now in sudo mode and anything you type has root privileges
  • type “apt-get update” – this updates the software catalogues on the system
  • type “apt-get upgrade” – this updates the system with ANY packages which are newer in the repositories as they are on the server itself.
  • Press y to confirm the x number of MBs it’s going to download and install.

Install SSH so you can SSH into the server

  • type “apt-get install openssh-server”
  • type “y” to complete the download and install of SSH
  • You will now be able to use an SSH client to connect to this server.
  • try SSH’ing into the box on the IP address you setup in the networking settings
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