How to Install Ubuntu Server 16.04 step by step tutorial

. Overview

Install Ubuntu Server is Ubuntu tailored for networks and services, and it’s just as capable sharing files on your home network as it is running within a Hadoop cluster.

Unlike the installation of Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server does not include a graphical installation program. Instead, it uses a console menu-based process. If you’d rather install the desktop version, take a look at our Install Ubuntu on desktop tutorial.

This tutorial (install Ubuntu Server) will provide an overview of the installation from either a DVD or a USB flash drive, suitable for anyone with an interest in running their own server. For a more detailed guide on Ubuntu Server’s capabilities and its configuration, take a look at our Ubuntu Server help documentation.

2. Requirements to install ubuntu server

You’ll need to consider the following before starting the installation:

  • Ensure you have at least 2GB of free storage space.
  • Have access to either a DVD or a USB flash drive containing the version of Ubuntu Server you want
    to install.
  • If you’re going to install Ubuntu Server alongside data you wish to keep, ensure you have a recent backup.

See Installation/System Requirements for more specific details on hardware requirements. We also have tutorial that explain how to create an Ubuntu USB flash drive.

3. Boot from DVD

To start the install ubuntu server process, perform the following:

  1. Put the Ubuntu DVD into your DVD drive.
  2. Restart your computer.

A few moments later, a large ‘Language’ menu will appear and selecting your language will take you to the boot menu.

Install Ubuntu Server

Language Menu

4. Boot from USB flash drive

Most computers will boot from USB automatically. Simply insert the USB flash drive and either power on your computer or restart it. You should see the same language menu we saw in the previous ‘Install from DVD’ step, followed by the boot menu.

If your computer doesn’t automatically boot from USB, try holding F12 when your computer first starts. With most machines, this will allow you to select the USB device from a system-specific boot menu.

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