Saturday, June 8, 2013

Installing Ubuntu

A minute or so after booting from the CD you will see the following screen.  Select "Install Ubuntu"

Continue with defaults.  Ignore the option to install VMware tools.

Install Now

Select your timezone by city.

Select default keyboard.  Select username, computer name, password (I'm not going to create screenshots for these).

Start the install and wait...

In 10 or 15 minutes you should see the following screen. Press the restart button.

( My computer seemed to get stuck either while shutting down or starting up but pressing "Enter" got past the  hang ).

After the computer reboots, log in with the username/password you entered earlier.
Now press ctrl-alt-T to bring up a bash window.

At the bash shell enter:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade 
After a few minutes the upgrade should complete and your ubuntu installation will be up to date. If you repeat the above two commands the process should be much faster and cleaner.  The result should look something like this:

Next, install ssh by entering:
sudo apt-get install ssh
To access the ubuntu server at a predictable location you will need to configure a static ip address for your network interface.  If you don't do this, things will probably still work but you run the risk that at some point your ip address will change.

Select the "System Settings" button.  This may be graphically compressed but if you move your mouse towards the bottom of the window it should expand.

In the "System Settings" window, select "Network"

Select "Options" in the Network menu.

Select the IPv4 Settings Tab and enter and IP address appropriate for static use.  The DNS servers: and are the Google public DNS servers and should work without problems.  Save the new values, close the Network Connections window and minimize the VMware Player window.

You may need to specify that the IP address you chose for this machine is reserved and not available for dhcp assignment.

From this point on, configuration of the Ubuntu server will be done "remotely" from from the host windows machine.

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