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Microsoft Nano Server Gets Rid of Local Login

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Microsoft Nano Server will be Microsoft’s attempt to create a Server OS for the age of cloud computing and web applications.  It is a highly slimmed down version of Windows that will run fast, and require a fraction of the resources the regular Windows Server will.  The stripping down will result in:

  • 93 percent lower VHD size
  • 92 percent fewer critical bulletins
  • 80 percent fewer reboots

Sadly too many techs are going to stop reading at that point.  What may get overlooked is that not only is the GUI stripped out, but they are also stripping out any ability for local login and Remote Desktop.  Administration will be done through PowerShell or WMI.

The reason for this is that Nano will be optimized for a world where administration is done through scripting and API’s.  This is terrific if you are deploying hyper scale cloud infrastructure, but if you are an expert of “right click/ left click administration” this will be a whole different world.

If nothing else this should convince you it’s time to get serious about PowerShell if you plan on continuing as a Windows Systems Administrator.

Check out Microsoft’s official blog post here:


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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