I haver read many of the posts on this issue of UBUNTU issuing a login prompt but everything I have tried including
userid root and password = root_passord does not work.
Supposedly during the installation it is supposed to ask the installing person for a userid and a password but that never happened under VMWare Player
Hello and welcome to the communities.
Where did you download Ubuntu Server from - is it an appliance?
Welcome to the Commuity,
did you use VMware Player's "Easy Install" feature (i.e. select the installation ISO/CD) for the installation? In this case you should have been asked for a user and password. Anyway, I'd suggest you install manually without using "Easy Install" which will offer you all available options from the OS itself.