First published on TECHNET on Apr 10, 2016
Data Deduplication is a feature of Windows Server since Windows Server 2012 that can reduce the on-disk footprint of your data by finding and removing duplication within a volume without compromising its fidelity or integrity. For more information on Data Deduplication, see the
Data Deduplication Overview
. Nano Server is a new headless deployment option in Windows Server 2016 that has a far small system resource footprint, starts up significantly faster, and requires fewer updates and restarts than the Windows Server Core deployment option. For more information on Nano Server, see the
Getting Started with Nano Server
Data Deduplication is fully supported on Nano Server and while we think you'll really love the benefits of deploying Windows Server and Dedup on the Nano Server, there are a few changes to get used to. This guide walks through a vanilla deployment of setting up Nano Server and Dedup in a test environment: this should give you the context needed for more complicated deployments.
Configuring Nano Server and Dedup
Create a Nano Server Image. Unlike installing the Server Core or Full versions of Windows Server, Nano Server doesn't have an installer option. The following commands will create a VHDX for use with Hyper-V or other hypervisor. You may also find it helpful to install Nano directly on a bare metal server. In that case, simply change the file extension on the path provided to the TargetPath parameter on the New-NanoServerImage cmdlet to ".wim" rather than ".vhdx", and follow the steps
in this guide
instead of the next step. On Windows 10, open a new PowerShell window with Administrator privileges and copy the following:
$iso = Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath Y:\ISOs\WindowsServer2016_TP4.ISO -StorageType ISO -PassThru
Create a new Virtual Machine (VM) in Hyper-V or your hypervisor of choice and configure Nano Server as desired. If you are not familiar creating a VM in Hyper-V,
should help get you started. You may also wish to join your new Nano Server VM to a domain before continue on: follow
for more information.
Create a CimSession for Remoting to your Nano Server instance:
That's it - you have now deployed Dedup on Nano Server! As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns with any of the content posted here either by commenting on this post, or sending the Dedup team a message directly at