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What you should know right now is that Nano Server is a 64-bit only, headless installation option that's baked into Windows Server 2016.

In one respect, Microsoft is re-using its Windows Server 2008 design pattern.

In Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft gave us Server Core as an installation option.[caption id="attachment_59506" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Server Core under Windows Server 2008 R2[/caption]As you may remember, the decision to go with the stripped-down Serve Core versus the Server with a GUI option was a big one.

In fact, for many admins, the common workflow looks like this: As nice as this is, Microsoft never fully addressed the reboot issue.

The bottom line is that many Windows Server operations, from Windows Update fixes to modified server roles, require a reboot.

It's important to note that Nano Server, like Windows Server 2008 Server Core, can't run the full . Instead, Microsoft developed a Core CLR runtime environment that gives you access to most . Even cooler is that Microsoft open-sourced Core CLR so we're seeing ports to Linux and OS X platforms.

Having Core CLR in OS X, for instance, means we'll be able to use Windows Power Shell Desired State Configuration to manage Mac servers.

A "headless" server is a server that is managed 100 percent remotely.

Rather than considering our servers as pets that require individual attention, Microsoft wants us to treat our servers as cattle, individually numbered but managed as a collection.

To that point, Nano Server has literally no capacity for local administration.

If you try to interact with a Nano Server locally, you'll see this:[caption id="attachment_59509" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nano Server can't be managed locally[/caption]At Pluralsight's Ignite booth, Jeffrey Snover joked with us that the Server team should install ASCII text that shows up in local sessions and says: You can accomplish the first three goals as a Pluralsight member simply by searching our training library.

This isn't ideal if, for instance, your shop is subject to service-level agreement (SLA) requirements.

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