Install and Configure Nano Server

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour
Difficulty
Intermediate

Welcome to the "Install and Configure Nano Server" Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

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Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Install and Configure Nano Server Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Create Nano Server
  • Exercise 2 - Perform Post Installation Tasks on Nano Server
  • Exercise 3 - Manage Nano Server

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Prepare Windows PowerShell script for creating Nano Server image
  • Create Windows Nano Server image
  • Set up network configuration settings on Nano Server
  • Add Nano Server to an Active Directory domain
  • Add and test a feature in Windows Nano Server
  • Add a Host (A) record for Nano Server
  • Manage Nano Server from Server Manager
  • Configure a basic web page for IIS feature in Nano Server

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand server installation options - Nano server installation

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Create Nano Server

Nano Server is a lightweight version of Windows Server 2016 operating system optimized for private cloud and corporate data centers. It is similar to Windows Server Core but significantly smaller as it has no graphical user interface (GUI) and requires a smaller hardware footprint in terms of memory allocation and disk space.

Nano server is deployed remarkably faster and calls for fewer operating system updates and fewer restarts than the regular Windows Server 2016 GUI installation. It provides support for most 64-bit applications, tools, and software agents. Moreover, Nano Server can be utilized for other Windows services such as Hyper-V server, storage for a scale-out file server, DNS server, the web server in Internet Information Services (IIS) and can be configured to run as a guest virtual machine in Hyper-V.

In this exercise, you will create a Nano server virtual hard disk (VHD) image from a Windows Server 2016 installation media. The VHD image will be added as a new virtual hard disk to a virtual machine guest in Hyper-V server.

Exercise 2 - Perform Post Installation Tasks on Nano Server

Nano Server is designed to be remotely managed from a Windows workstation via PowerShell Remoting. Therefore, it’s network configuration settings like IP address and firewall rules must be correctly set up to ensure connectivity with other Windows workstations that will be managing the Nano server.

After a successful boot up and sign-in to the Nano Server, you will perform post-installation tasks such as assigning a static IP address, enabling Windows Remote Management (WinRM) which are essential to establish network connectivity from a Windows management station to the Nano Server. You will wrap-up this exercise by adding the Nano Server as a domain server in the PRACTICELABS.COM domain

Exercise 3 - Manage Nano Server

Nano Server works like a regular installation of Windows Server 2016. It supports the following server roles such as Hyper-V server, storage for a scale-out file server, DNS server, the web server in Internet Information Services (IIS), which are typically added when the Nano Server virtual hard disk image is created.

From the previous exercise, you have successfully added PLABNANOSRV01 to the lab domain called PRACTICEABS.COM and subsequently established PowerShell remoting between PLABDC01 and PLABNANOSRV01. This time, you will use PLABDC01’s Server Manager Dashboard to manage the PLABNANOSRV01 device and create a basic web page to test the web services installed on the Nano server.

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