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Nano server changes

Nano server is the small, really small, footprint install version of Windows Server that was introduced with Server 2016.

It has a limited number of roles available to to install – much like the original version of  Server core.

Recent announcements - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2017/06/15/delivering-continuous-innovation-with-windows-server/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/nano-in-semi-annual-channel

indicates that Nano server is going to become even smaller (by more than 50%) and dedicated to delivering Containers. The infrastructure related roles will be removed. Nano Server will ONLY be available as a container base OS image

In addition, starting this Autumn, Nano server and  Server Core  will getting 2 feature updates per year.

Windows container providers

Containers are a new feature in Windows 2016. I was preparing for my talk at the WinOps conference next week - http://winops.org/ – and realised I needed the container OS image for nano server

 

I discovered that there are 2 container image providers available through the PowerShell gallery.

 

In TP4 I used the ContainerProvider provider. That still exists BUT only supplies the TP4 images

PS>  ContainerProvider\Find-ContainerImage | ft -a

Name              Version      Source Description
----              -------      ------ -----------
NanoServer        10.0.10586.0        Container OS Image of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 : Nano Server Installation
WindowsServerCore 10.0.10586.0        Container OS Image of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview : Windows Server Core Installation

 

If you want the TP5 images you have to use the ContainerImage provider

PS>  ContainerImage\Find-ContainerImage | ft -a

Name              Version         Source                Summary
----              -------         ------                -------
NanoServer        10.0.14300.1010 ContainerImageGallery Container OS Image of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 : Nano Server I...
WindowsServerCore 10.0.14300.1000 ContainerImageGallery Container OS Image of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 : Windows Serve...

 

This isn’t very satisfactory and will cause lots of confusion in the long term. I just hope we’re not getting a new provider with every new version of Windows 2016