Check out the Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

As organizations move toward modern DevOps practices, the role of the operating system needs to evolve to support both the “Dev” and the “Ops” part of the equation.

In November we released Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016, including updates for Nano Server, the new headless deployment option.  Nano Server loads only the base OS roles, resulting in a footprint up to 20x smaller than Windows Server with Desktop Experience.  For IT Pros, this translates into a smaller attack surface, fewer updates and reboots, and increased server density…all great for running and managing an efficient, secure datacenter.

Today let’s focus on why Nano Server is great for developers. Nano Server makes a particularly good application platform for “born in the cloud” applications which leverage containers and micro services architectures.  These new development models work best with an OS that delivers speed, agility and lower resource consumption.  Nano Server delivers the super-fast boot and setup times that developers expect. Nano Server’s small 410MB footprint results in setup time of 40 seconds and boot time on a non-SSD desktop machine of 15 seconds and even faster on faster hardware or in a VM.

Give Nano Server a try with our new VHD

To make it easy for developers to start working with Nano Server, we recently posted a VHD of Technical Preview 4 with just Nano Server deployed. The VHD and details on how to get started are posted in the Nano Server blog: “Download just Nano Server in a VHD (Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4)”.

Maybe you’ve seen our blogs and videos about how to write apps that run on Nano Server, use Nano Server in a container, create Nano Server images, and deploy Nano Server on-premises or in a VM in the cloud. Now we’ve posted a video that puts it all together: A Nano Server IaaS VM in Azure, running a Nano Server container that is in turn running IIS, CoreCLR, ASP.NET 5 and an ASP.NET app. Check it out, and then give it a try for yourself.