Microsoft Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for hosting in private clouds and datacenters. It is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but markedly smaller. Also, there is no local logon capability, nor does it support Terminal Services. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer restarts than Windows Server.
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, either in clusters or not
- As a container or virtual machine guest operating system for applications that are developed entirely in the cloud
This guide describes how to configure a Nano Server image with the packages you’ll need, add additional device drivers, and deploy it with an Unattend.xml file. It also explains the options for managing Nano Server remotely, managing the Hyper-V role running on Nano Server, and setup and management of a failover cluster of computers that are running Nano Server.