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Getting Started with Nano Server

By : Charbel Nemnom
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Getting Started with Nano Server

By: Charbel Nemnom

Overview of this book

Nano Server allows developers and operations teams to work closely together and use containers that package applications so that the entire platform works as one. The aim of Nano Server is to help applications run the way they are intended to. It can be used to run and deploy infrastructures (acting as a compute host, storage host, container, or VM guest operating system) without consuming significant resources. Although Nano Server isn't intended to replace Server 2016 or 2012 R2, it will be an attractive choice for developers and IT teams. Want to improve your ability to deploy a new VM and install and deploy container apps within minutes? You have come to the right place! The objective of this book is to get you started with Nano Server successfully. The journey is quite exciting, since we are introducing you to a cutting-edge technology that will revolutionize today's datacenters. We'll cover everything from the basic to advanced topics. You'll discover a lot of added value from using Nano Server, such as hundreds of VM types on a single host through a small footprint, which could be a big plus for you and your company. After reading this book, you will have the necessary skills to start your journey effectively using Nano Server.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Running DNS on Nano Server

As discussed in earlier chapters of this book, Microsoft added DNS support for Nano Server. This support brings a convenient choice to run core infrastructure services on top of Nano Server which increase security and minimize disk footprint. So, instead of having a 12 GB image to run only Domain Name System (DNS) on Server with Desktop Experience and 7 GB for Server Core, you can use Nano Server with less than 1 GB of disk space and achieve the same thing.

The following section will detail the deployment of a very basic Nano Server configuration. For a more thorough explanation of deployment and configuration options, please check Chapter 2, Getting Started with Nano Server.

Follow the following steps to create a VHD(X) image for Nano Server to be used as a DNS server so we can run Domain Name System (DNS) on top of Nano Server:

  1. Mount Windows Server 2016 ISO media on your machine. In this example, it's mounted on the H drive.
  2. Start Windows PowerShell as administrator...