Jay Griffin's picture

I am wanting to replace my Ubuntu Server and install Turnkey 13.0 on a Dell 780 Optiplex with 4GB RAM and a "new" 1TB drive. However the install will not complete.

The intitial software install completes and I go through the reboot. Once rebooted:

1) I provide the root, etc. passwords,
2) I download and install the security updates,
3) I get a screen with the FILESERVER applications and lists IPs, and an "Advanced Menu" button which is selected.
4) The next screen Configure Networking is highlighted and is selected,
5) The next screen shows eth0 configuration with the IPs (IP Address, Netmask, Default Gateway, and Nameserver). DHCP Configure networking automatically is highlighted and selected.
6) A screen with Requesting DHCP appears for a few seconds, but takes me right back to the eth0 screen (#5) and that is as far as I can get.

Any help would be appreciated.

Jeremy Davis's picture

That is as expected behaviour. That text based conf app is known as confconsole. TurnKey appliances are designed to run headlessly so they have no desktop or other GUI. If you want to log in locally then you can go to the first screen and 'Exit'. You can then log in to the terminal using your root login credentials.

Otherwise (as noted on the first/main screen of confconsole) you can administer your server via a web browser (on a desktop PC that has a network connection to the server obviously) using Webmin (https://<appliance-ip>:12321) or Webshell (https://<appliance-ip>:12321). IIRC the Fileserver appliance has Ajaxplorer available via standard http or https (http[s]://<appliance-ip>). You can also use SSH, SFTP and Samba (SMB/CIFS - although it may require a little config first...).

Jay Griffin's picture

Well, I guess was trying to fight a battle that was already won. Thank you for the quick response.

For a neophyte like myself would you recommend any particular tutorial, instructions, or whatever on how to use Turnkey or am I in over my head and should just stay with Ubuntu?

Jeremy Davis's picture

Under the hood, TurnKey is essentially just a minimal footprint Debian Server (v13 = Debian Wheezy). So it is already extremely close to Ubuntu (Ubuntu is also based on Debian, although it's not totally binary compatible). Much Ubuntu stuff will also apply to TurnKey...

At the end of the day it's up to you what works best for you. I would urge to to at least spend a little time playing with TurnKey now that you have it installed. Personally I have grown to love the Linux commandline (after being a long term Windows user). There is tons of info online on getting things done.

If you are a bit wary of the commandline then have a bit of a look through Webmin. That's where I started when I first used TurnKey 4 or 5 years ago...

Jay Griffin's picture

I shall play around with it and thanks for the quick responses!

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