Install Nano Server in a VM

With all the chat about Nano Server what about if you have the ISO downloaded but you would like to install Nano in a VM?

Install Nano Server in a VM

The best way would be to create a Nano VHD file and luckily for us Russell smith has written up a tutorial on how to do just that, which can be found here.

Nano Server

Nano Server is a new headless deployment option for Windows Server.

Nano Server

Microsoft has announced that the Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow, and focuses on two scenarios:

1.Born-in-the-cloud applications – support for multiple programming languages and runtimes. (e.g. C#, Java, Node.js, Python, etc.) running in containers, virtual machines, or on physical servers.
2.Microsoft Cloud Platform infrastructure – support for compute clusters running Hyper-V and storage clusters running Scale-out File Server.


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 282


Episode 282 of the Home Server Show podcast was not released as audio last week for whatever reason, but for those of you who don’t want to miss out the video version is available.

HP Microservers Mods and Questions on Home Server Show 282.

UPDATE: The audio for episode 282 can now be found here.

WHS v1 Support Ends July 14

Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015 which includes the original version of WHS.

WHS v1 Support Ends July 14

What does that mean?
It means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for it causing your server to be open to security breaches, malware infection etc. So if you are still ruing Windows Home Server v1, its time to upgrade to either WHS2011, WS2012 Essentials or another home server product.

Office 365 Power BI Subscription Breaks WS Essentials

Office 365 Power BI subscription

If you are experiencing an issue where Office 365 Integration breaks on Windows Server Essentials then the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog has an article explaining the details?

When the trial Microsoft Power BI subscription is associated with Office 365 via the portal, it adds 1,000,000 licenses for Power BI; however, it does not add any subscription information. When the Windows Server Essentials provider framework queries the O365 subscription, it does find the licenses without any subscription information being associated with it. Hence it throws a Null Exception…

A fix is in the works, but in the meantime all the info regarding this issue can be found here.

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

With the release of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2, Microsoft has posted an article on their Windows Server Blog explaining what’s new in this latest preview.

Windows Server Technical Preview 2 Evalution Download

Also available is Release Notes: Important Issues in Windows Server Technical Preview 2 which you should read.

And finally the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 evaluation can be downloaded from here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 281


David NcCabe, Jim Collison and Dewain Robinson are talking about Azure on the latest edition of the Home server Show podcast:

“If you think that you can’t use it because you don’t have MSDN, think again! This was a fun one and I learned a lot.”

You can find episode 281 here.

Add-In: Home Server Smart v3.3.4.8


After being abandoned by the developer these add-ins are back by popular demand, from Dojo North Software as beta releases:

  • Home Server SMART Classic (for WHS v1)
  • Home Server SMART 2015 (for WHS2011 and Server 2012 Essentials)
  • WindowSMART 2015

From the developer:

Please do bear in mind these are BETA versions. They are mainly bug fixes. Quite a few folks reported issues with question marks being reported for drives; hopefully this update resolves those problems for you. One big change you’ll notice is I took out the Boxcar functionality. A couple years ago, Boxcar was bought by another company and last summer they abandoned the old Boxcar platform and came out with something completely different. So I removed Boxcar since it no longer functioned. You can still use Pushover (iOS/Android), Prowl (iOS), NMA (Android) and Toasty (Windows Phone).

More information is available from the MediaSmartServer forums.

The Home Server show Podcast Episode 280


Access All Your Online Files with a Single Login is the slogan for cloud company Otixo who are on episode 280 of the Home server Show podcast.

This episode of Home Server Show we try out Otixo and also have a coupon code to share with you in order to get Otixo for .99 cents a month for 3 months. (29 minutes in). Synology is in the news, there’s more news on Meetup 2015 and Amazon Echo is on the way.

You can find episode 280 here.

Shape the Future of Microsoft Storage

Would you be interested in shaping the future of Windows Server?

Microsoft Storage Solutions Survey

Jose Barreto of the File Server team at Microsoft is looking for feedback to help define the next generation of Microsoft storage solutions.

If you’d like to participate in a 30-minute phone call to influence their planning, please complete this brief 12-question survey.

Keep in mind that you do not have to use Microsoft storage solutions to respond to this survey or participate in feedback activities.

You can find the survey at