As the title says, I have a 14.04 server that I don't mind formatting and want to replace with 16.04. However, I don't want to drive to the datacenter to plop a cd into the drive. Is it possible to prepare a headless/no prompt image to install on reboot? I do have access to IPMI 1.5.

I don't want to 'upgrade' 14.04, I want a fresh install.


It is possible. do-release-upgrade -m server. You can use screen, so you can connect to the running process, when you have a dc

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  • Won't this upgrade the system though? Also, wouldn't I have to wait until 16.04.1 before the upgrade is available? – user508889 Apr 29 '16 at 2:13
  • @Brian why shouldn't it be available, before 16.04.1 releases? – Motte001 Apr 29 '16 at 8:05
  • I upgraded my Ubuntu 15.10 server this way a week ago – Motte001 Apr 29 '16 at 8:12
  • Because historically, upgrades to LTS haven't been available until the first bug fix release. I don't believe it applies to non LTS upgrades, so your upgrade worked fine. Either way, I don't want to upgrade I want a clean install, as indicated in my question. @motte001 – user508889 Apr 29 '16 at 11:17
  • @Brian I saw this in the Release Notes: wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes/#OpenSSH_7.2p2 – Motte001 May 3 '16 at 16:00

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