Installing Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Minimal Server

Ubuntu minimal server is a version that comes with the bare minimal to get Ubuntu going. No desktop interface and other packages that come with a full Ubuntu disc or ISO. The Minimal server ISO will download packages from online archives at installation.

Downloading packages at install time reduces the size of the ISO image as well as providing only the packages needed for installation. The mini ISO uses a text-based installer, making the image as compact as possible.

This is probably the best option for those wanting to install a clean Ubuntu server to run their applications. This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install a Ubuntu 17.10 Minimal server version on your machine.

To install the server, you’ll need to download its ISO from online. The link below should take you to the download file.

Download Ubuntu Minimal ISO

After downloading, you may have to burn the ISO image to a blank CD/DVD. Then boot the server from it. If everything is right, you should see the boot screen below:

Click Install to begin the installation

The next screen is where you choose the language to be used for the installation process. If you choose the wrong language, you may not be able to follow through with installation as it may be difficult to read the questions.

On the next screen is where you choose your location. This will be used to set your timezone.

Next, select No to detect your keyboard layout. It’s always good to manually choose the layout during the installation.

Then choose your keyboard layout and continue.

Next, select the layout matching your previous selection and continue.

On the next screen is where you type the system name or hostname. Type a name for your machine and continue.

ubuntu 17.10 minimal

On this screen is where you select the archive mirror to download Ubuntu packages from. Always select the archive closest to you for quicker download.

Select the highlighted archive and press Enter to continue.

Then type your full name.. maybe just your first name?

Then type a username to use to login to the system. This account will be the administrative account and you’ll need to use your username to authenticate.

Next, type and confirm a password for the account

Then select No if you don’t want to encrypt the account home directory. If you want to encrypt the account home directory, choose Yes to do it.

Then accept the timezone location. If it’s not correct, select No.

Next, select the Guided – Use entire disk for the partitioning method and continue. This is the easiest option

Next, select the disk to partition and continue.

Then when prompted whether to write the changes to disk, click Yes. If you choose yes, everything on that disk will be erased.

During the installation, when prompted to choose how to upgrade your system, select Install security updates automatically. You may want to choose No automatic updates for very important and critical servers.

Now is where you select the packages to install along with the standard system utilities. All these packages can be installed later if you don’t select them from here.

Because this is the only operating system on the computer, you should install GRUB boot loader to the master boot record. Select Yes.

Finally, select continue to reboot the machine after the installation. When you restart, your computer will prompt you for a username and password.

Type your credentials and you should able to login.

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