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x windows getting started after installing ubuntu 10.4 LTS on dell rack r710

Dear Experts:

Ordered dell server rack r710 got delivered as i wanted to install and configure zimbra mail solution hence installed ubuntu server 10.4 LTS due to the dhcp enabled hence Internet was accessible for the server due to this installation become successful , while installing i did not select any applications like DNS , LAMP etc just installed without any additional packages after then when the server reboot and logged in and when issued a command startx to switch to GUI it prompted me to install initstart i did this after this when issued a command startx x windows went blank by seeing a small console in the right corner of the screen but still the xwindow is not getting opened. please suggest me how to make the xwindows work properly. Thanks in advance.











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rindiCommented:
Ubuntu server doesn't include X or a GUI by default, as it isn't required and shouldn't be installed on servers for security reasons. Normally you don't work on the server directly, but rather you access it via a remote PC using SSH for example.
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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply, but to install virtualization it will be easy to do in the gnome hence please suggest me how to install and configure x windows , please help thanks in advance.
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rindiCommented:
Why do you need a GUI to install virualization?
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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Sir, Thanks again for the reply, please help me how to install the a guests on the installed ubuntu server , iam in requirement to run two guests
1, windows and
 2, suse linux,
 i thought virtula box will be good, please help me in providing the how to docs to install and configure guests on the ubuntu server without the GUI.
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rindiCommented:
You have a real server which probably has a CPU that has VT technologies included. You may just have to enable that in the BIOS. For such a system it would be much more sensible to install a proper HyperVisor like VMware's vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), which is free, as this uses a very small own OS on the server that needs very few resources and is much more efficient than running a "real" OS like Ubuntu Server.

http://vmware.com
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wesly_chenCommented:
Install Xwindow on Ubuntu Server
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ServerGUI
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

Install Virtualbox on Ubuntu
http://pricklytech.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/ubuntu-10-4-lucid-installing-virtualbox/
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Open the Terminal and edit your /etc/apt/sources.list adding this line:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib

Download and register the public key:

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc
-O- | sudo apt-key add -

Install VirtualBox:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0
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wesly_chenCommented:
How to install Windows in VirtualBox
http://klikit.pbworks.com/w/page/7315072/How-to-install-Windows-in-VirtualBox

Also you might want to check the Official Virtualbox documentationm which have the latest information.

VirtualBox HOWTOs and tutorials:
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/User_HOWTOS

User Manual:
http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html

By the way, you can steup VM on other server, which have GUI interface and copy to your Dell server so you don't need to install GUI on Dell server.
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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Sir, Thanks for all, I found interesting about the VMware's vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) , free  edition.Please suggest me is it recommended to install this on the production server iam afraid please suggest me can i go forward and install the free edition VMware vSphere Hypervisor 4.1 - the free edition for the production.Please help.
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rindiCommented:
Sure, there is no issue at all with using that for a production environment. The only issues could be if you wanted some of the additional management tools, as those aren't free. But the functionality is there. It is by far the better solution than using VBox in a production environment.
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