Install Nano Server 2016 On a Physical Server

In this article, I’ll show you how I Install windows Nano Server 2016 on a Physical Server using the new Nano Server Image Builder tool.

To get started, Download the Nano Server Image Builder and Install It on Windows 10 machine.

Start the Installation

When done, Start the builder and Install the ADK Kit

Install ADK

When the ADK Installation Is done, Start the builder again.

Important: This Is a two steps process.

  1. Step 1: Create A new Nano Server Image
  2. Step 2: Create Bootable USB Media

I will start with Step 1: Create New Nano Server Image

Load Windows Server 2016 ISO and select It

Select Physical Machine Image and specify Directory to save (needed for step 2)

Insert USB drive to create bootable analyse tool to check If you can Install Nano Server on the Physical Server

Add drivers If needed

Set server admin password

Step 2:

In this step I’ll create a bootable Nano Server Image and load It on a Physical Server

Start the builder

Select Create Bootable USB Media

Select the Image from Step 1:

Select USB Device



Note: You can also create an ISO Image and burn It on a CD \ DVD and Boot from it.

Insert USB key to Server and boot

Next, I’ll Install the Hyper-V role.

Before you continue with Installing any roles, I recommend you configure the basic stuff below like  IP, DNS, Firewall, and Anti-Virus:

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