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Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

You may have seen my previous post regarding setting up Plex on Ubuntu LTS 14.03. I will now explain how you can configure a base Ubuntu machine for this to be installed on.

You will initially need to download the correct ISO from the Ubuntu website, you can download from here – http://www.ubuntu.com/download

I used 14.03 LTS as this was the latest version at the time so for the purposes of this guide I will be using this ISO. I would assume the steps are near enough the same. Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid and above are supported by Plex.

I’m writing this guide assuming you already have a Virtualization platform such as VMware ESXI or VMware vCenter, this could also apply for a VMware Workstation or even a Physical Ubuntu machine.  

When you have downloaded your ISO you will need to upload this to your datastore. I would recommend doing this as this is the most reliable way to install an OS using VMware.

You will need to login to your ESXI Host/vCenter and select File –> New –> Virtual machine. I would select Custom as this provides more options than the typical installation.

Create New Virtual Machine - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Next and Select the Host you require the VM to be installed on, If you are using ESXI it should automatically select the host.

Select the Cluster you want to store the virtual machine in, Again if you are using ESXI or do not have any clusters this should automatically select the location for you.

Select the Datastore that you want to store the Virtual machine.

VM Hardware - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the VM Hardware version that you would like to use, the latest version provides the most features, however you may need to use the vSphere web client to configure these options instead of the VMware vSphere C+ Client.

 Ubuntu Guest Operating System - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Linux –> Ubuntu Linux (64-Bit) as the OS type.  

Select the CPU’s and Memory, this will depend on the amount of users you plan to be able to use your Plex and also if you will be using this server for any other services.

Select CPUs - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Memory - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

As a base configuration I have assigned 1 CPU and 4GB RAM As it will only be me using this server.

Select your Network that the Virtual machine will be assigned. Also make sure you select the VMXNET3 Adapter as this has performance enhancements over the E1000 adapter.

Select SCSI Controller - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Proceed with defaults on this page.

Create New Virtual Disk - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Create a New Virtual Disk

Disk Provisioning Type - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the provisioning type you want to use for your virtual machine. I have used Thin provisioning as I do not have much storage in my Home Lab. Disk size I have set to 20GB as I will be storing the media files I have on a separate disk.

Advanced SCSI Options - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Proceed with defaults on this page.

VM Summary - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Edit the virtual machine settings as we want to mount the ISO at this time and also enable CPU and Memory Hot-add for encase we want to increase the resources of the VM while it is turned on.

Attach ISO - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Browse to the ISO on your Datastore, for example I have JACOB-ISOs and make sure you select connect at power on.

Enable Memory and CPU Hot Add in Options

Enable Hot Add - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Finish and Start the VM.

Setup Language - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the language you require the installation.

Install Ubuntu Server - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Press Enter to Install Ubuntu Server

Select Installation Language - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the Language required for the Ubuntu VM

Configure Keyboard Settings - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Do not Detect Keyboard Layout

Configure Keyboard Language - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the Keyboard Layout that you require.

Loading Additional Components - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

The installer will now load additional components.

Select the Host name you would like to use for the VM

Select Host Name - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the full name of the user you would like to create on the VM. This can be the same as the username.

Select Full Name - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the Username you would like to use for the VM

Select Username - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Type a password you want to use to login to the VM.

Select Password - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Continue with the default option on this page, You can select to use encryption if you would like to encrypt your home directory. Encrypt Home Directory - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the correct time zone, if this doesn’t find the correct one you can select no and manually select your time zone.

Time Zone - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select next on this page to accept the defaults.

Guided LVM Entire Disk - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the Disk you want to use to install Ubuntu.

Select Disk to Install Ubuntu - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Write the changes to the disk specified.

Write Changes and Configure LVM - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Specify the amount of the disk you want to use for the OS. I have accepted the default to use the whole disk.

Select Disk Space Usage - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Yes to continue with the installation.

Write Changes to Disk - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select Yes to continue with the installation.

Installing The System - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Installation will proceed to install the changes on the disk.

Configure Proxy Information - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Type in any proxy information you have onsite. Most users will not use one so select continue on this page.

Configuring Apt - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

This will continue the installation by installing and configuring apt.

Install Security Updates Automatically - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the option you require, I have selected install security updates automatically for the best security.

Install OpenSSH - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

I would recommend installing SSH so you can connect to the VM using PuTTY or your favourite SSH client. This is also useful for using WinSCP to transfer any files you may need on to the VM.

Ubuntu Installing - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Installation will install the selected features.

Install GRUB Boot Loader - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select the defaults to install the GRUB Boot Loader to the Master Boot record.

Installing GRUB - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Installation will install the GRUB Boot loader.

Remove Disk from VM - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

This will complete the installation, remember to remove the disk before continuing.

Finish the Installation - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Select continue, the machine will then reboot in to the login prompt.

Ubuntu Login - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

Login using the credentials you specified earlier.

Logged In - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

I would now advise using my Vmware Tools installation guide, this will provide the drivers for the VMXNET3 driver and the machine will be much more responsive via the console. This can be found here

Putty Logged In - Install Ubuntu LTS 14.03 for Plex

You can check the ip of your machine once you have installed Vmware tools by typing ifconfig and then you can test your SSH functionality by connecting via PuTTY to your new Ubuntu machine. This completes the installation!

 

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