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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 storage cluster

As mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, Nano Server can also be used as a storage system. In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft added a new type of storage called S2D. S2D enables the building of highly available storage systems with local attached disks, and without the need for any external SAS fabric (that is, shared JBODs or enclosures).This is a significant step forward for Microsoft in Windows Server 2016 SDS which reduces hardware and operation costs.

In Windows Server 2016, S2D delivers us two deployment models: private cloud hyper-converged, where S2D and the hypervisor (Hyper-V) run on the same set of hardware, or private cloud storage, where Storage Spaces Direct is disaggregated called converged (separate storage cluster) from the hypervisor. The hyper-converged deployment groups compute and storage together. This simplifies the deployment model, while compute and storage are scaled at the same time. A private cloud storage deployment separates...