Windows Server 2019 – Containers and Nano Server

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Many of the new technologies included in Windows Server 2019 are designed to reflect capabilities provided by cloud computing, bringing your private clouds to life and granting you the ability to produce the same solutions given to you by public cloud providers within your own physical infrastructure. The last few iterations of the Server operating system have also revolved around virtualization, and the idea of application containers is something that taps into both of these mindsets. Application containers are going to make the deployment of applications more streamlined, more secure, and more efficient. Containers are a relatively new idea in the Microsoft world, and I haven’t heard many IT admins talking about it yet, but that will soon change. This is something that has been enhancing Linux computing for a while now, and this newest Windows Server operating system brings it a little bit closer to home for us Microsoft-centric shops.

Application developers will be very interested in the application containers provided by Windows Server 2019, and in truth, they probably understand the concepts behind containers much better than a traditional server administrator. While the premise of this book is not focused on development opportunities and is clearly not focused on Linux, we are going to discuss containers because the benefits provided are not only for developers. We, as system operations, will also benefit from using containers, and if nothing else it is going to be important for us to know and understand how to conceptualize, and how to spin up containers so that we can provide the infrastructure that our developers are going to require.

In this chapter, we will cover some topics dealing with application containers; specifically, the new capabilities that are available in Windows Server 2019 to bring this technology into our data centers:

  • Understanding application containers
  • Containers and Nano Server
  • Windows Server Containers versus Hyper-V Containers
  • Docker and Kubernetes
  • Working with containers

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