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: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2015/04/08/microsoft-announces-nano-server-for-modern-apps-and-cloud.aspx?WT.mc_id=Blog_ServerCloud_Announce_TTD