How To Deploy Linux Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS On VMware ESXi 6.0 And An Overview Of New Features.

Linux Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS code named FOCAL FOSSA is the latest version of the ubuntu server platform. It ships jam packed with new and exciting features such as native support for Wireguard VPN, improvements on OS stability and security, SSH two factor authentication, a better and more risilient ubuntu bootloader, improved support for IPv6 on Azure, certified support for raspberry pi and more. Continue reading this tutorial to learn how to deploy linux ubuntu server 20.04 LTS on VMware ESXi 6.0. Click on the button below to watch the video tutorial


In order to complete this tutorial successfully the following items are required. Please ensure to have these items available before taking implimentation action on this tutorial:
1) A desktop or laptop running Windows 10, Mac OS or a linux desktop OS
2) The linux ubuntu server ISO image file
3) Authorised access to a VMware ESXi 6.0 server.
4) An internet connection to download the ubuntu ISO file as well as Ubuntu updates


1) Go to the official linux ubuntu website and download the linux ubuntu 20.04 server ISO file.
2) Verify the checksum of the linux ubuntu 20.04 server ISO file
3) Login to the VMware ESXi 6.0 web console, upload the ubuntu 20.04 server ISO file  and create a new  ubuntu virtual machine
4) Attach the ISO file to the virtual machine optical drive and power on the VM.
5) Install linux ubuntu on the virtual machine and check for updates.

Step 1: Download The Linux Ubuntu 20.04 ISO Image File And Upload It To The ESXi Server.

1) Click HERE to go to the official Linux Ubuntu downloads page where you can down a copy of the Ubuntu Server 20.04 ISO image file.

Click on the DOWNLOAD UBUNTU SERVER download button to kick start the download process

2) Please note that the disk image file is about 1.2GB in size and you will need to have an internet data plan that is sufficient for such a large download

Step 2: Verify the checksum of the linux ubuntu 20.04 server ISO file

3) If you intend to deploy ubuntu in a production environment , it is important to verify the checksum of the ISO image file to ascertain whether it is intact, complete and untampered with.

On the download page, click on the VERIFY YOUR DOWNLOAD link and a SHA256 checksum will be displayed.

4) If you are using a mac, open the terminal application and change your working directory to the downloads folder:

cd Downloads

Then run the following command to get the checksum on the Ubuntu ISO file:

shasum -a 256 ubuntu.iso

if you are using a Windows PC, open the command prompt and run the following command: 

C:\> certUtil -hashfile C:\ubuntu.iso SHA256

6) Next, go to, copy the checksum on the Ubuntu website and paste it in the ORIGINAL TEXT box.

Then copy the checksum produced by the command that you ran in the previous step and paste it in the CHANGED TEXT box.

Click on the FIND DIFFERENCE button and you should get a pop up message indicating that the TWO FILES ARE IDENTICAL

7) Open a new web browser tab, enter the IP address or hostname to your ESXi 60 server in the address bar and press ENTER

Enter your username and password and the appropriate fields and click on LOG IN.

8) Once you’ve logged in, click on STORAGE > DATASTORES > DATASTORE BROWSER.

Select a folder to upload the UBUNTU iso and click on UPLOAD.

9) Browse to the downloads folder or the folder where the Ubuntu ISO file is located and click on OPEN. You will see a file upload progress bar on the top right corner of the DATASTORE BROWSER.

10) Once the file upload process is complete, close the DATASTORE BROWSER and click on VIRTUAL MACHINES > CREATE / REGISTER VM