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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 as a compute cluster

Hyper-V roles are one of the common workloads we expect most people will run on Nano Server. The compute role is the Hyper-V role which is applicable primarily for physical machines however, starting with Windows Server 2016, Microsoft introduced nested virtualization where we can leverage this feature and host Nano Server with compute role in a virtual machine. Nested virtualization was primarily enabled for Hyper-V containers. For more information about Windows containers and Hyper-V containers, please refer to Chapter 8,Running Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers on Nano Server.

The storage and the cluster role work both whether Nano Server is hosted in a VM or on a physical machine.

As discussed in Chapter 6,Managing Nano Server with Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell DSC, Nano Server management must be done remotely; in other words, you should be using management tools such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Windows PowerShell...