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Ubuntu Server how-to guides

If you have a specific goal, but are already familiar with Ubuntu Server, our how-to guides have more in-depth detail than our tutorials and can be applied to a broader set of applications. They’ll help you achieve an end result but may require you to understand and adapt the steps to fit your specific requirements.

Server installation

The following installation guides are more advanced than our getting started tutorial, but can be applied to specific scenarios. If you are looking for a more straightforward installation, refer to our basic installation tutorial.

The Ubuntu installer now has its own documentation for automatic (or “hands-off” installations). For more guidance on auto-installing Ubuntu with the installer, you can refer to these guides from the Ubuntu installer documentation (note: these pages will redirect you outside of the Server Guide).



If you would like a broader overview into these topics before getting started, you can refer to our introduction to networking, and our introduction to Samba.

Authentication and access


Mail services


Backups and version control




Managing software


High Availability


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