Getting Ready to Install – Ubuntu Server

The Following article is suitable for any Linux Distribution, however make sure that there are no alternate instructions on the distribution you are using.

Now that we know which version of Ubuntu we are going to install we can prepare the installation disk. The first thing that we need to do is download the iso. The iso is an archive type formate that is burnable to a disk. It can be anything really, a dvd, a cd, a USB Thumb drive. The iso itself can be found many places. Primarily it can be downloaded from the main Ubuntu website. It can also be downloaded from a mirror. Google Ubuntu mirror and your country name will bring up many different mirrors, select a relevant one and navigate to and download the iso. I live in Australia and on a university campus so i use from which i can download the whole iso (700MB) in 15-20 seconds.

Now we will need to load the iso onto the disk (for this article i will be putting it on a cd. I will go through all the different methods and OS later). Below is a list of descriptions for each primary operating system

  • Ubuntu
    1. Insert a blank disc. Cancel any pop up windows that may open
    2. Right click on the downloaded iso and choose the option “Write to Disc”
    3. Select the Write speed and location of write – either of theses options may not be available.
    4. Click Burn. The setup of the install disc is finished.
  • Mac
    1. Launch Disk Utility (Applications → Utilities → Disk Utility)
    2. Insert your blank CD/DVD
    3. Drag and drop your .iso file to the left pane in Disk Utility. Now both the blank disc and the .iso should be listed
    4. Select the .iso file, and click on the ‘Burn’ button in the toolbar
    5. Ensure that the ‘Verify burned data’ checkbox is ticked (you may need to click on the disclosure triangle to see the checkbox)
    6. Click ‘Burn’. The data will be burned and verified
  • Windows 7
    1. Right-click on an ISO image and choose ‘Burn disc image’
    2. Select a disk burner (drive) and choose ‘Burn’. If you check ‘Verify disc after burning’, it will confirm that the ISO image has been burned correctly

For a more comprehensive list of how to burn an iso visit BurningIsoHowto which details every way to burn disk image onto a any form of disk. Thank you Ubuntu.

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