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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

Managing Nano Server with PowerShell DSC

As discussed in the previous section, most of the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that you are familiar with can establish a remote connectivity and manage a Nano Server instance.

The usage for Nano is different, depending on if it's virtualized or not. Nano as a VM is meant to be just an engine; it might live for 10 seconds or 10 days, it is just a part of a huge application platform (the purpose is to execute apps on servers). But when running Nano on a physical machine, it is basically a cloud infrastructure (Hyper-V, storage, clustering) and nothing else. Nano is double-edged with dual purpose.

Nano Server was designed for high density deployment. Imagine trying to manage 1,000 Nano Servers using GUI-based tools. These tools might be fine for managing a relatively small number of servers, but are simply not practical for managing large-scale deployments. Nano Server is not really meant to be managed by a domain when running virtualized, it is designed...