Confusion about Nano Server installation.

Student123 41 Reputation points

Hello Guys

I want to install a Nano Server version of WinServer 2016, for that I have downloaded the "NANO SERVER IMAGE BUILDER" tool but I have a question, why does it says in the Microsoft book as a sub heading "CREATING A NANO SERVER VHD"?

As far as I remember, "NANO SERVER IMAGE BUILDER" is used to create an Image for Nano Server and is also used to create a bootable USB drive using the same Nano Server image.

But what does it has to do with "VHD"? Isn't VHD a virtual hard drive?

Isn't VHD different from an image of the installation file of OS(Operating System)?

I hope my question is clear.


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  1. Teemo Tang 11,311 Reputation points

    Nano Server Image Builder creates customized Nano Server images in VHD, VHDX, or ISO formats and can create bootable USB media. All of VHD, VHDX, and ISO are image formats.
    But, VHD is a HDD image file format, virtual disk is a device. There are many formats for virtual HDD images and VHD is just one of them (VirtualBox uses VDI, VMware has VMDK etc.). These are images, not devices.
    In some contexts VHD and virtual disk can be synonymous, but if you're pedantic then these two are completely different things. It's like saying that JPEG is a photo - JPEG isn't a photo, it's a compression algorithm used in EXIF files that can be used to compress photos.
    Hope this clarification is clear.
    PS: Step by Step How to Deploy Nano Server in Windows Server 2016

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