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Configure Ubuntu 12.04 VM in Parallels Desktop 8

A few month back I wrote a walk-trough for Installing Ubuntu 12.04 in Virtualbox and today I am posting
a similar howto-guide on installing Ubuntu 12.04 in Parallels Desktop 8. It is not much different from the
Virtualbox installation but as I am using Parallels Desktop as my default Virtual Center and I thought it is a
good idea to see the other side and it makes it easier when I will make a reference to it in the future.

We are going to setup a Ubuntu 12.04 minimal Virtual Server with Webmin in Parallels Desktop 8.

— lets get rolling

Download Ubuntu

Download the iso file of your choice to your computer.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTE Server 64 bit
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTE Server 32 bit


Create a new Parallels Virtual Machine

Info: I will only display Screenshots where I made changes or configured something.

Lets create a new Virtual Machine by pressing the (+) sign on your VM List or via the Menu [File+New] and you get the below screen. Highlight the first Option as shown below and press Continue.













Next choose the previously downloaded iso file, I have a 64bit systems hence I choose the 64 bit
Version for this tutorial. When done click Continue













On the next Screen by default the box (Express installation) is ticked. UN-tick it so it looks
like the below screen and press Continue.













Next add the desired name of the new Virtual Machine, I will call it for now [srvu1204_dev].
I think the naming convention is obvious but in case it isn’t here my naming key:

  • srv      = Server
  • u         = Ubuntu
  • 1204  = Version
  • _dev  = environment

After you have chosen your desired Name for your Virtual Machine (which you can change later again)
you have to ensure to tick the box on the bottom (Customize settings before installing).
Next press Continue.













You will see a new Window popup. I am not making any changes to the CPU or Memory settings
but if you don’t have enough spare Memory (because you run on a Laptop for example) you can
decrease it to 512MB.

For now I haven’t told you what we are going to do with the installed Server later but it will
be running fine on 512 MB Ram. Next go to the Options tab.













There are several settings under the Option tab and I wont discuss them in detail. If you prefer
a different setting from the ones I choose then feel free to change them to your liking.

I change the Start Automatically to never because it will interfere with what I am going to use
it for. (again you can change that at any time later)

The Startup View I switch always to Window mode as it has been causing me trouble in the
past when using the same VM on different PC’s with different Screen Resolutions and settings.
Again you can change that to your liking at any time later.

I leave the rest of the Option settings as default. Next go to the Hardware tab.













Here I change the Video memory to 64 MB as we are only using the Ubuntu Server in text-mode
but again you can change it to your preferences.













If enabled I always disable the Floppy Disk.













On the Hard Disk 1 Menu we have to change the Disk-size. It is by default 64 GB and that is not
required for our little project. Now you can change the size to whatever you feel is required for
your desired installations later on. For the purpose of this project I will choose a size of 8GB.

After we installed the base system it will use about 1GB that leaves me 7GB free for data-growth.
Click on Edit.













  1. Change the size to whatever you want, I will use 8GB for now.
  2. Click on Apply
  3. Close.













On the Network tap make sure it is connected and change the type to the Default Adapter.

Again you can choose a different setup depending on your needs and preferences. I want
that the VM is visible in my entire Network with the same IP Address range as my PC.













Thats it, you can press the red button on the active window and your Virtual Machine is
setup and ready for the Installation.













Now we can start the Install Ubuntu Minimal Server

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