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9. How do I install Ubuntu?

This is documentation for a network installation of Ubuntu on the BMC network using the BMC-IT network boot menu over PXE. This applies to physical PCs or VirtualBox.

You can always do a manuall installation. Just download the DVD from Ubuntu and install. Skip a few steps in the instructions below.

  1. Netboot the computer, usually by pressing F12 at BIOS boot time.
  2. In the PXE-boot men, start the latest and greatest Ubuntu installation. For example start a text installation of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver x64 Mini:

    l Local Boot (default) m Memtest86 mdtmt Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (Mediatek network) c74 CentOS 7.4 x64 Netboot c73iso CentOS 7.3 x64 Minimal ISO debian74 Debian Netinstall 7.4 AMD64 sl65 Scientific Linux 6.5 x64 sl65kick Scientific Linux 6.5 x64 kickstart u1604live Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" x64 Mini Remix Live u1704mini Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" x64 Mini u1710mini Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" x64 Mini u1804mini Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" x64 Mini boot: u1804mini_

  3. Step through the text installation. Activate automatic updates.
  4. Please name the computer TLA-SERIALNUMBER where TLA is your department unique three letter ancronym and SERIALNUMBER is the computer serial number.
  5. If you want to keep the Windows installation, if there is one on the computer, you can resize the existing partitions.
  6. You can choose several different desktop environments, but I recommend to begin with the standard Ubuntu desktop. This is how the Xubuntu desktop looks like in VirtulaBox running in macOS:

Installing in VirtualBox

If you install in VirtualBox, remember to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions to enable shared clipboard and files between the host and guest OS.
  1. The CD is mounted automatically by VirtualBox. If everything works fine Ubuntu will find the CD and ask you for permission to install the guest additions. Just go ahead.
  2. Otherwise, tro to mount the CD via the menu in VirtualBox with Devices - Insert Guest Additions CD image.... Continue as above.
  3. And finally if the autorun does not execute but the CD has been mounted, you can manually run the installation:
    cd /media/jerker/VBOXADDITIONS_4.3.28_1003095
    sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

This entry ubuntu.install was last modified 2018-09-06

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