This will be my new “HomeServer” running and Openhabian..and more. Its a passive cooled mini PC with Intel i3-8130U, for my needs its equipped with 8GB RAM and a 8GB (2x4GB) Crucial DDR4-2400 CL17 SO-DI RAM and a Samsung SSD 860 EVO Series 1TB.

Installing the Hardware

Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on ZOTAC ZBOX + The Bacis

Very simple and straight forward

  • Create Bootable USB Stick with Etcher
  • Connect with Keyboard , HDMI Monitor and Ethernet (optional)
  • PlugIn USB Stick in the front USB
  • Power on the box + press F8 on the keyboard (every 1-2 seconds)
  • Boot Menu: Enable UEFI – Boot (if you like) + Reboot
  • Again press F8 and select USB as boot-device
  • Follow the standard Ubuntu Setup (goes really fast), reboot
  • Install WIFI: Install wpa tools: sudo apt-get install wpasupplicant
  • Follow to set-up the interface using netplan, my config file for WiFi located in //etc/netplan see below. To use the local name service (e.g. by your router, e.g. AVM Fritzbox) you need to add the section “search”.
  • I got error messages in dmesg about Active Power State management, to fix follow This will deativate a power-status in the PCI, from short research I think its not to bad for power consumption
  • Some other error messages came from multipath tool, used on server to manage LVM devices – not needed, we only have one SSD, so I removed it with
    sudo apt-get remove multipath-tools
# //etc/netplan config code for wifi interface (check the name of the interface, here its wlp3s0)
       dhcp4: true
   version: 2
         optional: true
           "YOUR SSID":
               password: "YOUR PWD"
         dhcp4: no
         addresses: [YOUR IP/24]
           search: []
           addresses: []

Install openHAB Smart Home on Ubuntu 20.04 Server

There are two ways to install Openhab, one as a normal package or the other one as from the “openhabian” project. That starts with a config-tool, from here you will install Openhab. I can really recommend using this options. Instructions can be found here:

Small Tips

OpenHABian configuration tool also allows to add additional components, I went with “Log Viewer” and “MQTT Mosquitto”.

I had to migrate from an existing openHAB installation, and used this trick: that basically create a backup and restore via




#on source: sudo openhab-cli backup --full





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