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Screenshot Guide: Install Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, the next iteration of Ubuntu will be here shortly and we want to get you started by showing how to install Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. I strongly recommend LTS (Long Term Support) releases for Ubuntu based home server setup for stability and support reasons. Two years back I published Ubuntu Server setup guide for 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr. I followed it by publishing a series of Ubuntu Home Server guides. This step-by-step screenshot guide will show you how to install Ubuntu 16.04 Server edition. If you do not have patience to read the text guide, there is a video guide on the 3rd page.

Install Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

Some of you may know that I run an energy efficient Ubuntu home server that also doubles as a Ubuntu Home media server with 14.04 LTS release. [Read: 5 Most common NAS or Home Server uses]

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Note that Trusty Tahr 14.04 is still good for 3 more years with security updates and there is no real need to upgrade. If for some reason you want to or are starting from scratch follow this Ubuntu Server 16.04 setup guide.

To install Ubuntu Server 16.04, first download the Ubuntu 16.04 Server iso file and create a bootable USB. If you do not know how to do this, refer to my guide on installing Ubuntu Server from USB. Once you have the bootable USB ready, pop it in and make your system boot from USB (this has to be done through the System BIOS or UEFI).

Step 1: Select Ubuntu Installer Language

First select the Ubuntu installer language to use.

Installer Language
Install Ubuntu 16.04 Server – Installer Language

Step 2: Install Ubuntu Server 16.04

Click on Install Ubuntu Server to continue. For normal installations, you do not have to mess with any of the advanced options.

Setup Ubuntu Server Xenial Xerus - Start
2. Start Ubuntu Server Installation

Step 3: Select Operating System Language

Next select the language for your Ubuntu server operating system.

Setup Ubuntu Home Server 16.04 - OS Language
3. OS Language

Step 4: Select Server Location

Select your servers location. This helps in determining timezone.

Install Ubuntu Home Server - Location
4. Server Location

Step 5: Keyboard Detection

Nothing to explain here. Unless you are using a special keyboard, you may skip keyboard detection.

Setup Ubuntu Home Server - Detect Keyboard
5. Detect Keyboard

Step 6: Network configuration

Installer, in most home application cases automatically configures the network. Your server will automatically get its network IP from your DHCP server (typically your router). If you are on a Wifi network, you may need to configure it manually.

Install Ubuntu Home Server - Network Configuration
6. Network Configuration

Step 7: Hostname

A hostname is used to refer to your server (your server’s nick name). You may provide any name here. My recommendation is to pick something short, easy to remember, and without a space or special characters.

Install Ubuntu Server NAS - Hostname
7. Ubuntu Server Hostname

Step 8: Server User Fullname

Next, provide a Fullname for the primary account. This is not the root (administrator) user but this user can temporarily gain admin privileges using the sudo command.

Install Ubuntu Server 1604 User Fullname
8. Set User Fullname

Step 9: Server Username

Then provide the login username for the primary account.

Install Ubuntu Server 16.04 - Username
9. Set Username

Step 10: Server Password

Select a password for the user created above. You will have to re-enter the password to confirm.

Install Ubuntu Home Server - Password
10. Set Password

Make sure you set an easy to remember but strong password with a mix of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.

Continue to page 2 of Ubuntu Server 16.04 setup guide…

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.