The latest version of Ubuntu server (18.04) seems to demand network configuration and refuse to boot without it. I have no desire to connect the server in question to the internet for anything, and have installed previous versions of Ubuntu server without network no questions asked.
Is a network connection an absolute requirement for the latest version of Ubuntu server? Or is there something I'm missing?
The installation cannot proceed past the network configuration page unless an ethernet connection is active, by my current estimates. I have no ethernet network within range of the machine so can't test it on an internet-less network. I only have WiFi within immediate range (which does have internet access) but it won't recognise the device and it should be simpler to get the installation to happen without any updates than to go to the effort of finding the drivers to support the WiFi adapter.
Note that this is NOT a duplicate of How to install Ubuntu Server without network connection? since the new installer seems to be the real problem here.