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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

Running Windows containers on Nano Server

Before we show you how to run Windows containers on Nano Server, we will discuss and explain the terminology that we will use in the subsequent sections:

  • The host operating system that will run containers is called the container host. The containers could be either Windows Server containers or Hyper-V containers.
  • Windows Server containers could be based on Server Core or Nano Server, which run without hypervisor dependency. Windows Server containers share the same kernel with the host, as well as each other.
  • Hyper-V containers could also be based on Server Core or Nano Server, which run inside a special optimized virtual machine and require Hyper-V to be enabled on the container host operating system.

The following section will describe the deployment process for how to run Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers on top of Nano Server, and then we will look at how to convert Windows Server containers to Hyper-V containers.

Creating a Nano Server...