Microsoft Announces Nano Server and Hyper-V application containers




Microsoft comes with Nano Server, a rewritten version of Windows Server that requires far fewer resources and Hyper-V application containers can run. Nano Server would need less frequent patches and updates, faster restart and be safer.

That writes Microsoft Technet his blog. In addition to the installation already mentioned advantages, users do not need to Nano Server components that do not need them. Microsoft itself claims that the hitherto achieved results compared to Windows Server are promising, with 93 percent smaller virtual hard disks, 92 percent less critical bulletins, and eighty percent fewer reboots.

To achieve this, the developers removed the stack-gui, 32bit support, MSI and some standard components of Server-core. There is no option to log on locally and not remote desktop support. All management is done remotely via WMI and powershell. It should be easier to manage desired state configuration via powershell and file, script authoring and remote debugging would be improved. We’re still working on management tools via the web.

The API is compatible with other versions of Windows Server within the subset of elements that contains the operating system. The system needs to integrate well in a DevOps environment, which Microsoft had been seeking cooperation with Chef .

Nano Server is an attempt by Microsoft to obtain more scalable virtualization with Hyper-V application containers. Processes must be properly isolate, which according to Microsoft previously accessible only with specially outfitted physical Windows servers or virtual machines. Hyper-V-containers ensure that code from the one container remains isolated from the host operating system, or other containers. Another advantage that Microsoft calls is that applications developed for Windows Server Containers without adaptation can be deployed as a Hyper-V containers.

Microsoft is working for the container support closely with Docker, the ecosystem that containerized apps made ​​popular. The integration provides cross-platform support with respect to Windows Server, Linux and Hyper-V containers.


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