How to Install Fedora 33 Server

Fedora 33 was released with a server edition, and in this tutorial, we shall go through the various steps of how to install the Fedora 33 server with screenshots.

There are some crucial improvements in the server edition, before we proceed to the installation steps, we shall look at some of the new features and improvements.

What’s New in Fedora 33 Server?

  • Linux Kernel 5.8
  • Btrfs as default file system
  • Easy administration with Cockpit’s modern and powerful interface
  • Introduce additional modularity
  • Removal of unnecessary packages
  • Smaller installer footprint
  • Server roles
  • FreeIPA 4.8 security information manager plus so much more

Download Fedora 33 Server

You need to download Fedora 33 server 64-bit live image from the links below:

Installation of Fedora 33 Server Edition

When the image has completed downloading, you have to create a bootable media CD/DVD or USB flash drive using Unetbootin or dd command.

After successful creation of the bootable media, proceed to begin the installation by following the steps below:

1. First, choose a working media/port and place your bootable media into it. There are two options, one you can install Fedora 33 straight away or test the installation media for any errors before starting the installation process.

Fedora Boot Menu
Fedora Boot Menu

2. Choose the installation language you wish to use and click on Continue.

Select Installation Language Support
Select Installation Language Support

3. Next, you will see the screen below which contains the Installation Summary, here, you will configure various system settings including Keyboard layout, Language support, System Time and Date, Installation Source, Software to install, Network, and Hostname, Installation Destination (disk).

Fedora Server Installation Summary
Fedora Server Installation Summary

Setup Keyboard Layout

4. Use the + sign to add a keyboard layout and click Add and after that click Done to move to the Installation Summary interface.

Set Keyboard Layout
Set Keyboard Layout

Configure Language Support

5. Under this step, you will set your language support, simply search for the language you want to install and click Add to install it.

Next click on Done to complete the setting Language support.

Set Language Support
Set Language Support

Configure System Time and Date

6. Managing time is very important on a server, so in this step, you can set the default system timezone, time, and date.

When your system is connected to the Internet, the time is detected automatically when you switch on Network Time, but you need to set the timezone according to your location. After setting all that, click Done and move to the next step.

Set Time and Date
Set Time and Date

Configure Installation Disk

7. In this step, you will configure your system partitions and filesystem types for every system partition. There are two ways to set up partitions, one is to use automatic settings and another is to perform a manual setup.

In this guide, I have chosen to do everything manually. So, click on the disk image to select it and select “Custom”. Then click Done to go to the next screen in the next step.

Choose Installation Destination Disk
Choose Installation Destination Disk

8. In the screen below, select “Standard Partition” partitioning scheme from the drop-down menu, for creating mounting points for the various partitions you will create on your system.

Set Standard Partition
Set Standard Partition

9. To add a new partition, use the “+” button, let us start by creating the root (/) partition, so specify the following in the screen below:

Mount point: /
Desired Capacity: 15GB 

The partition size I have set here is for the purpose of this guide, you can set a capacity of your choice according to the size of your system disk.

After that click on “Add mount point” to create a mount point for the partition.

Create Root Partition
Create Root Partition

10. Every Linux system partition requires a filesystem type, in this step, you need to set a filesystem for the root file system created in the previous step, I have used ext4 because of its features and good performance.

Set Root File System Type
Set Root File System Type

11. Next, create a home partition and mount point which will store system user’s files and home directories. Then click on “Add mount point” complete setting it and proceed to the next stage.

Create Home Partition
Create Home Partition

11. You also need to set a filesystem type for the home partition as you did for the root partition. I have also used ext4.

Set Home Filesystem Type
Set Home Filesystem Type

12. Here, you need to create a swap partition which is space on your hard disk that is allocated to temporarily store extra data in system RAM that is not actively being worked upon by the system in the event that RAM is used up. Then click on “Add mount point” to create the swap space.

Create Swap Partition
Create Swap Partition

13. When you are done creating all the necessary mount points, then click on the Done button at the top left corner.

You will see the interface below for you to effect all the changes to your disk. Click on “Accept Changes” to continue.

Accept Disk Changes
Accept Disk Changes

Setup Network and Hostname

14. From the previous step, you will move back to the configuration screen, next, click on “Network and Hostname” to set your Hostname.

To configure system network settings, click on the “Configure…” button and you will be taken to the next screen.

Set Network Hostname
Set Network Hostname

15. Here, you can configure a lot of network settings including server IP address, default gateway, DNS servers plus many more.

Since this is a server, you will need to select the Manual configuration method from the drop-down menu. Navigate the settings to set other network features and properties as per your serer environment demands.

After setting everything, click on save and then click on Done at the left top corner to complete Network & Hostname configurations, you will move back to the Installation Summary screen to begin the actual installation of system files.

Configure Network Interface
Configure Network Interface

16. There are two more important things to do, as the installation of system files progresses, you will need to set up your root user password and an additional system user account.

Click on “ROOT PASSWORD” to set the root user password, when that is done, click Done and move to the next step.

Create Root Password
Create Root Password

17. To create an additional user account, simply click on “USER CREATION”, and fill in the necessary information.

You can optionally give administrator privileges, and also set a password for the user as in the interface below, then click Done after setting all that.

Create New User Account
Create a New User Account

18. Begin the actual Fedora 33 Server installation of system files by clicking on “Begin Installation” from the screen below.

Begin Fedora Installation
Begin Fedora Installation
Fedora 33 Installation
Fedora 33 Installation

19. Then sit back and relax, wait for the installation to finish, when it is complete, click on Reboot in the bottom right corner and reboot your machine. Then remove the installation media and boot into Fedora 33 server.

Fedora Server Login
Fedora Server Login

I believe that the above steps were simple and direct to follow as usual, and hope everything went just fine. Now you are ready to start running Fedora 23 on your server machine.

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3 thoughts on “How to Install Fedora 33 Server”

  1. @atomic

    You must have installed GNOME/MATE GUI desktop before the commands can work. Try to install a GUI desktop(GNOME/MATE) and then run the commands above, it should work.

    Reply
  2. It seems the GNOME/MATE GUI desktop doesn’t work on Fedora 24 Server via the following cmdline.

    # systemctl set-default graphical.target
    # systemctl enable graphical.target
    # reboot

    Is it an expected result?

    Reply

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