(Server) Tip of the Day: Nano Server Image Builder

Today’s Tip…

On October 15th, the Nano Server Image Builder was released. It is a graphical interface that will assist you in creating Nano Server images and bootable USB drives.


Key functionality:

  • Graphical UI creation of Nano Server media with dozens of custom settings
  • Create a USB key to detect the firmware and hardware settings of a server
  • Creation of a bootable USB key that can be used to deploy Nano Server directly on hardware
  • Optionally create a bootable ISO file that can be used to deploy from DVD or BMC-connected servers
  • Create PowerShell commands that can be reused by simply changing the machine name

Download location: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54065

  • Runs on Windows 8/8.1/10
  • Simple to install: download and install the MSI
  • Pre-Req: Windows ADK with Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) installed


If you miss the pre-requisites, you'll get this popup:


Blog with more on the tool: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/nanoserver/2016/10/15/introducing-the-nano-server-image-builder/

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