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Installing and Configuring a Linux Server - Shahid Malla - WHMCS Expert Freelancer

Process of installing and configuring a Linux server

Installing and configuring a Linux server can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This tutorial will guide you through the process step-by-step, with screenshots to help you along the way.


Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A bootable USB drive or CD/DVD with your chosen Linux distribution
  • A keyboard and mouse
  • A monitor

Step 1: Boot from the installation media

  1. Insert your USB drive or CD/DVD into the appropriate slot on your computer.
  2. Power on your computer and enter the BIOS setup. The key to access BIOS setup varies depending on your motherboard manufacturer. Common keys include Delete, F1, F2, and F10.
  3. Look for the boot menu and set the priority to boot from the removable media first.
  4. Save changes and exit BIOS setup.
  5. Your computer will now boot from the installation media.

Step 2: Choose your language

  1. Select the language you want to use during the installation process from the available options.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 3: Choose the correct keyboard layout

  1. Select the keyboard layout that matches your physical keyboard.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 4: Choose your installation type

  1. Choose the type of installation you want:
    • Normal installation: This will install a full desktop environment with a graphical user interface (GUI).
    • Minimal installation: This will install a minimal system with only the essential packages.
    • Custom installation: This allows you to choose specific packages to install.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 5: Network configuration

  1. If prompted, configure your network settings.
    • If you are connected to a network with DHCP, your network settings will be automatically configured.
    • If you need to configure your network manually, enter the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server addresses.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 6: Configure storage

  1. Select the disk you want to install Linux on.
  2. Choose the partitioning scheme.
    • You can choose to use the default partitioning scheme, or you can create your own custom partitions.
  3. Click Install Now.

Step 7: User and password

  1. Create a new user account and set a strong password.
  2. This account will be used to log in to the system after installation.
  3. Click Continue.

Step 8: Install the bootloader

  1. The bootloader is responsible for loading the operating system.
  2. Select the disk you want to install the bootloader on.
  3. Click Install Bootloader.

Step 9: Installation complete

  1. Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to reboot your computer.
  2. Remove the installation media and press Enter to reboot.

Step 10: Log in to your new server

  1. After your computer reboots, you will see the login screen.
  2. Enter your username and password and press Enter to log in.

Step 11: Update and upgrade your system

  1. After logging in, it is important to update your system to the latest version.
  2. Open a terminal window and type the following command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  1. Press Enter and enter your password when prompted.
  2. The update and upgrade process may take some time to complete.

Step 12: Configure your server

  1. Now you can start configuring your server for your specific needs.
  2. This may include installing additional software, configuring services, and setting up security measures.
  3. There are many online resources available to help you with this process.


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