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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

Chapter 2. Getting Started with Nano Server

As we discussed in Chapter 1, Introduction to Nano Server, Nano Server has absolutely no local GUI and it takes up far less disk space. Server roles and optional features exist outside of Nano Server, and we refer to them as packages. Those packages can be added to Nano Server image on demand. Microsoft developed Nano Server with just enough OS. In other words, it's only the OS and the components of the OS that we need for the function which is required, and nothing more. With Nano Server, the 400 MB base image basically holds Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), reverse forwarders for application compatibility, and a PowerShell core. Nano Server installation will always be ready to be remoted into and can be managed remotely using remote PowerShell, or with any standard Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) GUIs such as Hyper-V Manager, failover cluster manager, and Server Manager. If any additional roles and features are needed, we...