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I am setting up a new Linux Server, and the following are the commands I used to upgrade the 16.04 Xenial to 17.10 Artful

After Ubuntu 16.04 installation, setting up the interface cards for internet access, etc.

before the upgrade:

lbsupgrade0

In root mode, and at terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Make sure you have update-manager-core package installed:

apt-get install update-manager-core

Next, lets edit the config file below. I use nano. Use your favorite command line text editor.

nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

At the bottom of this file, change the value of "Prompt=lts" to "normal".

Prompt=normal

Save and close the file. After that, run the following command to begin the upgrade process.

do-release-upgrade

A couple of messages might appear during this process, follow through on the on-screen instructions

Once upgrade is completed, reboot your server and check Ubuntu version:

lsb_release -a

after the upgrade:

lbsupgraded

output:
root@Lagos-Backup-Server:/home/tokunbo# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 17.10
Release: 17.10
Codename: artful
root@Lagos-Backup-Server:/home/tokunbo#

ps: the whole upgrade process took about 20-minutes.

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