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Getting Started with Nano Server

By : Charbel Nemnom
Book Image

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

Getting started with Nano Server

Unlike the other installation options, whether in Server with Desktop Experience or Server Core, as shown in Figure 1, Nano Server basically exists in the folder of the ISO image on the media, and we need to add the package for the role and feature that we need. For example, if we need to make Nano Server a compute host (Hyper-V), we need to add a compute package using DISM or PowerShell. We will cover the syntax in a bit:

Figure 1: Nano Server. Windows Server 2016 media

Nano Server quick start

Microsoft provided two of the main scripts on the Nano Server image itself. When you go to the NanoServer folder on the ISO media, you will find NanoServer.wim which is a file-based disk image format that will help you to deploy the Nano Server operating system. In addition, you will find a very small text file called ReadMe which actually tells you this: For detailed information on deploying and managing Nano Server, please go to this link: