Quicky: How to use Server Nano TP4 in Hyper-V

Published November 25, 2015 by FoxDeploy

Hey guys,

Super quicky here.  With Windows Server Tech preview 4 shipping now, we have a new release of Server Nano to play with.  Ben Armstrong wrote a guide for tech preview 3, but the cmdlets have changed since then, so I figured I’d write this out to help you as well!

Step 1: Get the Server tech preview 4 media here

Step 2: Launch PowerShell, browse to the media\NanoServer folder.  (In my case, Drive F:)

Step 3: In PowerShell run the following:

New-NanoServerImage -MediaPath F:\\ -BasePath X:\\Nano -TargetPath 'X:\Nano\VHD\NanoServer.vhd' -GuestDr ivers -Containers -EnableEMS -ComputerName Nano 

Let’s break down those parameters:

  • MediaPath - the Server TP 4 drive, in my case F:\
  • BasePath - the staging directory, this cmdlet will dump a lot of stuff here to do its magic to convert the WIM into a VHD
  • TargetPath - where to put the completed VHD
  • GuestDrivers - this switch injects the Hyper-V guest Drivers
  • Containers - want to try Docker Containers?  Put this param in!
  • EnableEms - want to play with the new Emergency Management Console for Nano?  Sure you do, include this one too!
  • ComputerName - Whatcha wanna call this new computer?

These are probaby the most important params.

If it worked, you’ll see something like the followingnano

Now, be warned that this will create a .vhd, so you’re stuck with a Gen 1 VM, which really isn’t so bad, given how little Nano can do today :p

To boot her up:


My next step is to do domain join, and see what all we can load up on her!

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