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It appears that Ubuntu 14.04 Server disabled the root account during installation (by not setting its password). I have been unable to find any way to set the password for the root user during the installation process.

Is there any way set root's password during install? Or do I need to create a non-root user, login as that user after completing installation, and manually set root's password to re-enable the root account, then delete the other non-root user?

I am trying to have as bare an installation as possible for cloning in a virtualized environment. (I do not need to be counseled on the proper use, or lack of use, of the root account.)

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You can use a kickstart script/file to automate the build. https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/installation-guide/ia64/automatic-install.html

There is even mention of a rootpw --disabled command, so you may be able to enable and set a root password.

Be warned, that is an older guide. This page indicates upkeep of the guides has fallen behind, so you may want to do some deep digging before depending on this page. https://help.ubuntu.com/14.04/installation-guide/

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