Interested in running your own Linux server and curious about where to get started? This article guides you step-by-step with creating a new virtual machine in VirtualBox and installing a minimal server based on Debian 10, codenamed “buster”. It can serve as an ideal foundation for all your Linux server experiments and installations. The created Debian server will have 2 GB RAM, 2 CPUs and 20 GB disk space. This is comparable to an entry level online Virtual Private Server (VPS). With clear instructions and clarifying screenshots, you can have your own Debian based Linux server running within half an hour of your time.