As technology gets more complicated and more exciting, Microsoft is positioning its software to work within a cloud framework as well as to be the cloud.
Back in May 2016, Microsoft released information on how to deploy the NANO server found in Windows Server 2016.
What is a Nano Server?
Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow. It is designed for fewer patch and update events, faster restarts, better resource utilization and tighter security. – https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Nano–Server-Team
Install Nano Server
Today, Microsoft TechNet updated the information about Windows Server 2016 and about the Nano Server. You can find that information here… https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/getting-started-with-nano-server.
How Can I Use Nano Server?
One of my questions has been – what good is a Nano Server? Today, Microsoft had a good explanation about the many uses of the product. This information is on that same link.
Nano Server is ideal for a number of scenarios:
As a “compute” host for Hyper-V virtual machines, either in clusters or not
As a storage host for Scale-Out File Server.
As a DNS server
As a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS)
As a host for applications that are developed using cloud application patterns and run in a container or virtual machine guest operating system
I like the idea that it can be a host for Hyper-V virtual machines. This looks like a great tool for system administrators, and for those of us that like to poke around.