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Getting Started with Nano Server by Charbel Nemnom

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What makes Nano Server unique?

One of the unique capabilities of Nano Server is the ability to be deployed as a massively scaled down version of the server OS. Microsoft dabbled with this idea in Windows Server 2008 when they introduced Server Core, but Nano Servers are substantially smaller than Server Core deployments.

How is this possible?

  • No GUI, no notepad, and no cmd.exe window.
  • The OS has been stripped of everything that is not needed in a cloud environment; in particular the UI stack, the x86 subsystem (WOW64), and unnecessary APIs.
  • Nano Server does not include MSI as an installation technology due to dependencies and the open-ended nature of MSI custom actions. Microsoft introduced the Windows Server App (WSA) instead, which ...

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