How to Deploy Nano Server 2016 – Step By Step Guide

Windows Server 2016 supports a new type of installation option called Nano Server. As the name “Nano” describes itself, it should have the least possible disk size. And yes, it has. Nano Server is specially designed for the private clouds and datacenters. Typically, it is administered remotely. In this pos, we will explain how to deploy Nano Server. You may also like to visit the following links:

What is the difference between Server Core and Nano Server?

Is the Nano Server installation option is similar to the Server Core? Yes, it is similar to the Server Core installation option. However, Nano Server has few noticeable differences that you should keep in mind. Nano Server is significantly smaller than the Server Core edition. Unlike the Server Core edition, Nano Server does not support local logon capability. Means, you can only manage it remotely. In addition, Nano Server only supports the 64-bit architecture.

Since it has only the limited number of services, applications, and roles, hence, it requires less disk space. Due to the limited number of services and applications, it requires just a few updates and reboots than the full GUI or Server Core installation option. The Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2016 support the Nano Server installation option.

In which scenarios, we should deploy Nano Server?

You can deploy Nano Server installation option to provide the following tasks:

  • To host the Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • To act as a storage host for Scale-Out File Server.
  • To host the DNS server role to act as a name server.
  • To host the Internet Information Services (IIS) server role to act as a Web server.

To deploy Nano Server, either you need to create your own Nano Server VHD or you can download pre-configured VHD from the Microsoft Download center. The process of creating a Windows Server 2016 Nano Server VHD will be covered in another post. In this post, we will download and use the pre-configured VHD image provided by Microsoft.

Download Nano Server VHD

To download Windows Nano Server VHD, perform the following steps:

  1. On the TechNet Evaluation Center, click the Download link under the Windows Server 2016 section.Deploy Nano Server in Windows Server 2016
  2. Here, you need to sign in using your Microsoft live account. Create a new one if you don’t have an existing account. Once you are signed in, select the Nano VHD radio button, and then click Register to continue.Microsoft Download Center Nano Server
  3. On the next screen, fill the required fields and scroll down. At the bottom, click Continue to download. On the next screen, click the Download link to proceed.Download Windows Server 2016 Nano Server

The downloading process should be started. Needless to say that the downloading time depends on the speed of your Internet connection.

Deploying Nano Server VHD

Now, you can use this pre-configured Nano Server VHD to deploy Nanao Server on a Hyper-V host. To do so, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. On the Hyper-V console, launch the New Virtual Machine Wizard and navigate to the Name and Location Page. Specify the desired name and location for the virtual machine.Specify Nano Server virtual machine name
  2. On the Specify Generation page, select either of the options and navigate to the Assign Memory page and specify the RAM size.Nano Server memory size
  3. Navigate to the Connect Virtual Hard Disk page. This is the page where we decide to create either a new VHD or use an existing VHD to create the virtual machine. Choose the Use an existing virtual hard disk radio button, and browse and select the Nano Server VHD. Finish the wizard.Use preconfigured Nano Server vhd

That’s all you need to do to deploy Nano Server on a Hyper-V host. Hope, you have loved and enjoyed it. Do share the article and stay connected for the upcoming posts.

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2 comments on “How to Deploy Nano Server 2016 – Step By Step Guide
  1. Bilal kakakhel says:

    if it is possible to guide me step by step guide how to create nano VHD.