Nano Server: Some Technical Insights
What is Nano Server?
Nano Server is a pared down headless version of Windows Server that is API compatible. It is not a new server and it is Windows Server. It is fully compatible with all the components included and there just aren't as many of them."
Why Using Nano Server?
No local login:
Microsoft's strategy is to offer two different container modes:
Nano is completely headless. There’s no way to log on locally at all. You have to manage the server remotely using Server Manager, PowerShell DSC on the “Ibiza” Azure portal framework. The Azure-flavored, web-based interface offers WAN-friendly remote replacements for tools such as Task Manager, Registry Editor, Event Viewer, Device Manager, Control Panel, Performance Monitor, Disk Management, and User/Group Management.
The version of PowerShell that runs on Nano is called “Core PowerShell” because it runs on the .NET framework called CoreCLR. CoreCLR is Lean, Composable, Open Source, and Cross-platform.
Nano is forcing Microsoft to make sure that all their management tools will work remotely. New setup and boot event logging functionality gathers ETL logs on a remote server that you configure through BCD Edit. So they’re not available in TP2, VMM, OM, Azure Operations Insight, and DSC Local Configuration Manager.
Microsoft puts forwards the following two core scenarios for Nano Server:
Any server application written for Nano will run on both Nano and Server Core. The “born-in-the-cloud application platform” part becomes clear when you see what Nano can run or be managed by:
And Not Nano in Performance:
Nano is to give you a very small and fast OS where you install just the bits and it is installed is about 410 MB, compared to more than 6 GB for Core; this much smaller image leads to faster deploy and boot times. The following figure shows how to do add packages to Nano server.
So Everyone Try Nano Server:
Nano makes perfect sense and competes nicely with Linux; Amazon, Google, and others all run on flavors of Linux. For Nano to really work well, Microsoft is going to have to step up the “certified for Windows Server” hardware certification program.
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