WSA Updates in WS 2016 TP5

In Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 we introduced a new installer: Windows Server App (WSA). WSA is important as it is the officially supported Server Installer going forward and is the only installer available on Nano Server.  WSA is a significant shift from the traditional MSI installer technology (for more background read the blog posted in…

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Create your WSA using FireGiant APPX Extension on top of Wix Toolset

Check out the Channel 9 video to learn how to create a Windows Server App (WSA) running on Nano Server, using the FireGiant APPX Extension tool on top of Wix Toolset. https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Nano-Server-Team/Creating-AppX-Packages-for-Nano-Server-with-the-WiX-Toolset This tool enables you to use the same setup source code that you use to create a MSI package for other Windows platforms, to create…

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Hands-on Packaging and Installing your first Windows Server Apps on Nano Server

In the introduction blog to Installing Windows Server Apps on Nano, I introduced the concept of Windows Server Apps (WSAs) and using APPX to install them on Nano Server. Now it is time for a hands-on tutorial to package your first WSA and get it installed on Nano Server. Since the APPX format was released…

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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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