Introducing the Nano Server Image Builder

Hi there, Scott Johnson here to talk about the new Nano Server Image Builder tool, my new favorite time-saver. The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and…


Appreciating the Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience

We’ve talked a lot about Nano Server in this blog, but we know many customers will still appreciate the full desktop experience on Windows Server. Here’s what you get when you install that option and why you would want to use it. When you install Windows Server with the full desktop experience, you are getting…


Introducing Server management tools

I am Kriti Jindal, a program manager on the Server management tools team. At last year’s Ignite and Build conferences, Jeffrey Snover (Technical Fellow) and Andrew Mason (Principal PM Manager) first demoed the Server management tools. Server management tools offers a set of web-based GUI and command line tools to manage Windows Servers. Today, we are…

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Welcome to the new Nano Server blog

For our first blog post, I’ll start with some links to various resources about Nano Server.   Build session that is more developer focused: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/build/2015/2-755   Ignite session that is more ITPro focused: https://myignite.microsoft.com/#/videos/4fdbc266-b5ac-e411-b87f-00155d5066d7   Video demos of Nano Server: http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Nano-Server-Team   Nano Server deployment guide: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126167.aspx   Nano Server user voice feedback site: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295068-nano-server…


PowerShell Script to build your Nano Server Image

This script is now retired! It has been replaced with the NanoServerImageGenerator.psm1 module on the latest Windows Server Technical Preview media. See Getting Started with Nano Server for instructions.   Update We’ve modified the script to ask for a SecureString as a means of accepting a password, as opposed to plain-text input. Instead of specifying…


Nano Server Developer Experience and Tools

This blog post is now obsolete. Please go to the new blog post here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nanoserver/archive/2016/04/27/developing-native-apps-on-nano-server.aspx   Nano Server represents a great opportunity for applications to get the most of available resources and deliver customers an agile environment which supports a DevOps management model.  In order for applications to do this, they need to remove references to components…


Installing Windows Server Apps on Nano Server

The initial public announcement of Nano Server earlier this year aroused a lot of interest and questions, in particular on how to package an application and deploy it to Nano Server. Assuming your application has been already refactored to be compatible with Nano Server (if not, please follow the Developer Experience blog to create or…

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Introducing the Nano Server Recovery Console

The Recovery Console is a diagnostic shell which runs locally on Nano Server to help you re-establish connectivity to your remote management tools.  By connecting to Nano Server via your KVM solution, you have the ability to view/edit network configuration details, enable/disable network cards and shutdown/reboot the machine to name a few. Login Screen  …


Deploying Nano Server to a Bare-Metal Machine using a WIM and WinPE

There are several ways to deploy Nano Server to a physical machine: Dual-boot a Nano Server vhd or vhdx PxE-boot a bare-metal machine and install Nano Server from WDS using a vhd or vhdx PxE-boot a bare-metal machine and install Nano Server from WDS using a wim file Booting a bare-metal machine into WinPE and…