Linux: Quick and Clean Lab-VM Deployment

I often need for quick tests a clean Linux Server, a VM nowadays.

I decided to save DRAM in my virtualization host and to:

  • not use a GUI
  • SSH with standard text-editor are quite fine for me.

Ubuntu 16.04 seems to be a good choice to start with.

  1. Apply Updates,

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

  1. install a text-editor //I like joe since it remembers me of turbo-pascal/wordstar ūüėČ

sudo apt-get install joe

  1. change the hostname of the server-vm
sudo joe /etc/hostname
sudo joe /etc/hosts
  1. add a reliable (static) IP-Address
sudo joe /etc/network/interfaces
# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto ens160
iface ens160 inet static
dns-search lab.local
  1. reboot the VM

There are other possibilities, but just ifdown/ifup won’t stop the dhcpd-client – the easiest way [but uncoolest, who cares?] is to reboot the VM, takes half a second…

sudo reboot


Todo: Create an UCSD-Workflow for this

Todo: Fix the buggy „always 1“ section-numbering

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