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Nano Server Will be a Container-only Option with Version 1709

Once touted as the next big thing, Microsoft’s GUI-less Windows Server 2016 option, Nano Server, is being shifted to a Containerized OS image starting with version 1709 – due later this year.

Microsoft’s Docs page has been updated with information on what Nano Server will do/won’t do in the next version…

  • Nano Server has been optimized for .NET Core applications.
  • Nano Server is even smaller than the Windows Server 2016 version.
  • Windows PowerShell, .NET Core, and WMI are no longer included by default, but you can include PowerShell and .NET Core container packages when building your container.
  • There is no longer a servicing stack included in Nano Server. Microsoft publishes an updated Nano container to Docker Hub that you redeploy.
  • You troubleshoot the new Nano Container by using Docker.
  • You can now run Nano containers on IoT Core.


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