Configure Your System76 Server Edit on GitHub

Initial Server Settings Value
Username oem
Password system76
Network Address (eth0) Assigned by DHCP
Network Address (eth1) Unconfigured

Connect your server to a monitor to determine the IP addresses assigned to your server. Afterwards you can configure and manage your server from any other computer on your network.

Run the following command to determine the server’s IP address:


In the directions below replace IPADDRESS with the server’s IP address.

Remote Administration

To remotely administer the server, a secure shell program needs installed to accept incoming SSH connections. Install the program with this command:

sudo apt install openssh-server

And then configure the program by editing it’s settings file with this command:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

And to use the new settings, restart the SSH daemon with this command (or restart the server):

sudo systemctl restart sshd

Then, from another Linux client terminal:


From a Windows computer:
Download PuTTY

Add Administrative User

To add another user, enter these commands:

sudo adduser [new username]
sudo adduser [new username] adm
sudo adduser [new username] sudo

Log back in by typing:

ssh [new username]@IPADDRESS

Remove the OEM User:

sudo deluser oem

Configure Network Interface

To change the IP address of the server, run these commands:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Adjust as necessary & press Ctrl+XYEnter to save. Next, restart network services (this will drop your ssh connection):

sudo systemctl restart networking

Example /etc/network/interfaces file:

# This is the loopback interface - Do not adjust
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# Primary Network Interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

Configure Hostname And Domain

To configure the hostname and domain, run these commands:

sudo nano /etc/hosts
sudo nano /etc/hostname

Example /etc/hosts file: localhost fileserver

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

Example /etc/hostname file:


Verify the correct hostname and domain with this command:

hostname -f

Update Packages

Download and install Ubuntu updates:

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Reboot may be required for the changes to take effect:

sudo reboot

Configure Time Zone

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Additional Server Resources

Ubuntu Server Information

Ubuntu Server Documentation