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How To Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server

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A few days ago, we discussed how to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS desktop. Today, we will show you how to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server with screenshots. If you already have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server on your system, you can simply upgrade it to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server. If you don't wish to upgrade, but want a fresh installation of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server on your machine, this guide is for you!

Create Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Bootable Disk

Download the latest Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server edition from here and make bootable USB drive using any one of the programs given below.

Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server

Boot your system with the newly created bootable USB drive. You will be greeted with the following screen. Select your language and press ENTER to continue.

Select language in Ubuntu installation wizard

Next, select your preferred keyboard layout or you can select "Identify your keyboard" option to choose your keyboard layout automatically. After choosing the Keyboard layout, select "Done" and hit ENTER.

Select keyboard layout

Next, configure at least one Network interface card to allow this server to talk to other systems in the network. If you have DHCP server on your network, IP address will be automatically allocated to all available interfaces. If you don't want automatic IP address, choose the network interface using UP/DOWN arrow and configure the IP address manually. After configuring network settings, choose "Done" and hit ENTER to continue.

Configure IP address to all network interface cards

If your Ubuntu server is behind a proxy server, you need to enter the proxy server details here. Otherwise, simply leave it empty and hit ENTER to continue.

Enter proxy server details in Ubuntu installation wizard

Next, you need to configure Ubuntu archive mirror. A default mirror will be selected automatically for you. If you don't want the default mirror, enter Mirror address here and hit ENTER to continue.

Configure Ubuntu archive mirror

Next, configure the disk layout i.e. partition your hard disk. You will be given tow choices. Choose any one of the given partition methods that suits to you.

  1. Use entire disk : This method will erase entire hard drive and automatically partition the drive. Recommended for newbies. If you choose this option, you can optionally set LVM and encrypt the LVM configuration with LUKS.
  2. Custom storage layout : This is for intermediate and advanced users to manually setup partitions of their choice.

After configuring the storage, choose "Done" and hit ENTER to continue.

Guided storage configuration in Ubuntu

Review the current file system configuration. If it is OK for you, press ENTER to continue or go back and reconfigure storage as your wish.

File system summary in Ubuntu

Choose "Continue" and press ENTER to  write the changes in your disk.

Confirm partition layout

Now, enter your server system's details such as your name, server's name, the username and its password you will use to log in to the server. Press ENTER to continue.

Enter Ubuntu username and password

Next, you can choose to install openSSH server which allows you to access this server remotely from any system on the network. Press SPACE button to select/deselect. If you don't do this now, you can install it later once the installation is completed. SSH is important to access the Ubuntu server from anywhere, so I choose it. Press ENTER to continue.

Install openSSH server in Ubuntu

Next, choose the list of available featured snap packages for your Ubuntu system. They will be installed along with the Ubuntu server installation. Select or deselect them with SPACE. Press ENTER to view more details of a snap application. This is optional and you can also do this later.

Ubuntu server popular snaps

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installation will start now. It will take a while depending upon the package selection and the Internet speed.

After Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server is installed successfully, reboot it to finish the installation.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server installation is completed

Congratulations! Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server is ready to use!

Login to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server

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