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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

Nano Server roles and features

In this section, we will dive deeply into covering all the roles and features that are part of Nano Server in Windows Server 2016. In the table, you can see the various roles and features, and the deployment type (physical or virtual machine), including a short description that will help you to choose the right role for your environment:

Following is the description for each role:

  • Compute-Package: It is the Hyper-V role which is applicable primarily for physical machines, however starting with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 build 10565 and later, Microsoft introduced Nested Virtualization where you can leverage this feature and host Nano Server with the compute role in a virtual machine.
  • FailoverCluster-Package: It is a straightforward role. It can be used with Hyper-V or with file servers. The cluster role works either if Nano Server is hosted in a VM or on a physical machine.
  • Storage-Package: It will add the necessary file server services and other storage...