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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


In this chapter, we discussed how to manage a Nano Server installation using remote server graphic tools, Windows PowerShell remoting, and PowerShell DSC.

As you have seen in this chapter, Microsoft invested heavily to bring PowerShell support onto Nano Server. PowerShell relies on the .NET Framework; as you noticed, Nano Server is a small OS and only has the Core of Common Language Runtime (CLR). The Core CLR is a tiny subset of the .NET Framework, but the PowerShell team went ahead and actually refactored all PowerShell to run on Core CLR, which was a huge effort. The good news is that PowerShell users will probably not miss any of the most important features. It has full language compatibility and supports PowerShell remoting, so you can use any of the most popular remote commands such as Invoke-Command, New-PSSession, Enter-PSSession, and so on.

Each Nano Server image contains by default Core CLR which is 45 MB of space; PowerShell itself takes up about 8 MB of space and there...