Installation of Ubuntu 15.10 Server with Screenshots

9. Going further in our Ubuntu 15.10 installation, the installer will ask you if it has detected your timezone correctly:

Confirm Server Timezone

Confirm Server Timezone

10. After that comes my favourite – the disk partitioning. You have few choices here:

  • Use the entire disk
  • Use entire disk and setup a LVM
  • Use entire disk and setup encrypted LVM
  • Manual

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the “Manual“.

Server Partitions Choices

Server Partitions Choices

11. Now you will need to select your disk so you can prepare the disk partitions. The disk you should look for is usually “sda“.

Select Server Installation Disk

Select Server Installation Disk

When asked if you want to partition the whole disk, select “Yes“:

Select Server Entire Disk

Select Server Entire Disk

12. You will now see the available free space that you can partition:

Disk Free Space

Disk Free Space

Select that “FREE SPACE” and then select “Create new partition“:

Create New Partition

Create New Partition

13. We will first configure our root "/" partition. You can safely give it a space of 10 GB (or more if you feel more generous):

Configure root Partition

Configure root Partition

14. After that select the partition to be “Primary“:

Set Primary for root Partition

Set Primary for root Partition

15. After that choose that the partition starts from the beginning of the available space:

Server Root Partition Beginning

Server Root Partition Beginning

You will now see a partition overview:

  • Use as: ext4 journaling system
  • Mount point: /
  • Label – none (set one if you feel like it)
  • Reserver blocks 5%
  • Typical usage: standard
  • Bootable flag: off
Server Partition Overview

Server Partition Overview

16. When ready, select “Done setting up the partition“. You will now have to prepare the “home” and the swap partition should be about 1 GB for systems with lots of memory or double the RAM of systems with lower amount of memory.

To create these two partitions follow the exact steps that you have used for the root "/" partition. You should have the following overviews of both partitions:

SWAP Partition:
Swap Partition Overview

Swap Partition Overview

Home Partition:
Home Partition Overview

Home Partition Overview

17. Finally your partitions overview should look similar to this:

Final Partition Overview

Final Partition Overview

18. Finally select “Finish partitioning and write changes to disk“. The installer will ask you one more time if it should commit the changes:

Confirm Disk Write Changes

Confirm Disk Write Changes

19. The installer will now proceed with installing the system:

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Installation

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Installation

This process may take a while. After that the installer will ask you if you want to configure a HTTP proxy:

Configure HTTP Proxy

Configure HTTP Proxy

20. If you don’t plan to use HTTP proxy, you can safely skip that step. Next you can choose if Ubuntu should automatically install future updates or if you prefer to install them manually.

If this is a sandbox, you can choose the option to have the updates installed automatically. In production environment, you will definitely want to go with manual updates:

Select Ubuntu Update Option

Select Ubuntu Update Option

21. After that you can select the software that the installer should install. Depending on the purpose for which this server will be used you can select different options:

Ubuntu 15.10 Software Installation

Ubuntu 15.10 Software Installation

22. Depending on the packages you have chosen, some additional configuration steps might be required. After that the installation should be complete and you will be asked to remove your CD or USB flash drive so you can boot from hard disk:

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Installation Complete

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Installation Complete

Your Ubuntu 15.10 Server installation is now complete and you are ready to start administrating your new server!.

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