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.)