Nano Server is a new headless, 64-bit only, deployment option in Windows Server 2016 that has been optimized for data centers and for next-generation, distributed applications. Nano Server is the future of Windows Server; it is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability, and only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts much faster than Server with Desktop Experience.
In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:
- The story behind Nano Server
- The journey to Nano Server
- What makes Nano Server unique?
- Nano Server improvements