Last Updated: 17 April 2018
By Maynard Paton

Updating Ubuntu On Your AWS Server

Welcome to Part 5 of Installing Sendy and Virtualmin on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This page describes how to update the Ubuntu operating software installed on your AWS server. That way your AWS server will become fully up to date, and should reduce the chance of later problems. Depending on the packages involved, a reboot may be required for the updates to take effect. We will reboot anyway. (Source: It's FOSS)

Here are the steps to follow

1) Open a new Terminal window. At the command line, enter:

ssh root@

...replacing with the Elastic IP created within Part 4:

You may receive a message about a ‘fingerprint’. If so, enter yes

Then enter the server root password you set within Part 3 (note: the cursor may not move when entering the password).

You should then gain access to your AWS server:

2) At the command line, enter:

apt update

Various messages should now appear, and you should be told a number of packages can be upgraded:

3) At the command line, enter: 

apt full-upgrade

4) A question about disk space may appear:

Enter y to continue.

Various messages should then appear:

5) Once the command line re-appears, enter:


The connection to your AWS server should now close:

6) At the command line, enter:


Now close the Terminal window.

7All done!

Click here to start Part 6. Alternatively, click here to return to the Introduction.

If you have any questions or comments about this page, please let me know so I can keep this website as helpful as possible.

Happy installing!

Maynard Paton

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