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    Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    Hi,

    I had some issues with installing the Ubuntu 19.10 Server installation (did not find the NIC drivers/firmware), so I had to install Ubuntu 19.10 Desktop instead.
    Is there a way to convert my current Ubuntu Desktop to a Ubuntu Server?

    ps. the source of my problem is of course that I could not install Server 19.10 due to driver, and it has me wondering why the server install disk doesn't ship the same drivers/firmware. And if there is a way to add them to the install disk for next time.

    Drivers:
    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
    Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V


    Thanks!
    Last edited by svh1985; April 2nd, 2020 at 11:56 AM.

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    Just use the normal commands to add the necessary server components to the desktop environment. For example,
    Code:
    sudo tasksel install lamp-server
    installs the complete LAMP stack.
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    Red face Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    Quote Originally Posted by mörgæs View Post
    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    Just use the normal commands to add the necessary server components to the desktop environment. For example,
    Code:
    sudo tasksel install lamp-server
    installs the complete LAMP stack.
    Thanks for the welcome 😄 nice to be here!

    I basically want to skim down the installation to only have the command line and docker running.
    Do you know why the server install disk did not have the right drivers on board and how I can add the required drivers to the install disk? Maybe it's better to reinstall, if this is possible.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    I wouldn't bother with 19.10 since its support window closes in the next six months.

    20.04 will be available in a few weeks. It is a release with "long-term support" and thus much better suited to servers. If you use 20.04 now, just make sure to install updates routinely.

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ser...-live/current/

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    Servers don't have wifi, so why bother to include those drivers?
    The i219v
    https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...uspro-b-laptop

    Most people don't install non-LTS servers. 9 months of support just isn't worth our time.

    i don't know how to make a desktop into a server, but you could start by removing all the GUi stuff. The expected network configuration will always be different too since servers don't use network-manager. There will be other funky things too. it will always be a Frankenstein install.

    LAMP server is far from the only sort used. i have installed a "lamp-server" myself, but have been running Unix/Linux servers since around 1994.

    Using the Ubuntu "Alternate" installer may provide what you seek. IDK.

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    @SeijiSensei thanks, I'll use the 20.04 image ��

    @TheFu, agreed, I don't need WiFi, only the i219v. I found that post before, but how can I slipstream that patched driver/firmware to the server install disk? Is that possible? I also found some ucode files.

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    Last time I had a NIC driver problem, there was a way to manually load the driver. May have been only using the Alternate Installer.

    I don't know what "slipstream" means - outside of TV shows.
    Also don't know what "ucode files" are. Sorry.

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    With slipstreaming I mean add the driver to the install disk. The term is more common with Windows I guess.
    It seems like the Alternate Installers do not exist anymore �� Can't find where to download them.

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    https://ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads - was the top return by google. "Network installer"

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    Re: Convert Desktop 19.10 to Server 19.10 because server installation fails

    I've managed to successfully install Ubuntu 20.04 Server using the daily build. Thanks for all the help!

    @SeijiSensei, To update to the latest version have to run:
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get dist-upgrade

    Right? And if 20.04 is officially released, how can I switch from the development branch to the production branch?

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