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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

Customizing a Nano Server image using DISM

DISM is the tool of choice for adding packages in online and offline modes. The following example uses the offline version of DISM to add a package:

  • Dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.\packages\<package>
  • Dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.\packages\en-us\<package>


For each package you want to add, you must run two DISM commands, one for the package path in the Packages folder, as shown in Figure 3 earlier. But underneath that, you will find another folder called en-US or whatever localization you have bought from Microsoft. In my example here, we are using en-US for English-United States; fr-BE is for French-Belgium, and so on.

Customizing a Nano image using unattend.xml file

To customize Nano Server using DISM so you can manage it remotely, you need to set an administrator password.

The simplest way is using an unattend.xml file, as shown in the following example:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?> 
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas...