Windows Server 2016

With Windows Server 2008 we gained the option to install Server Core, for situations when a graphical user interface was not needed. Well with Windows Server 2016 we have Nano Server, which has just enough functionality and hence is even small than Server Core and much, much smaller than a server with a desktop.

More information on Nano Server is available via the TechNet Blog Nano Server. There is also a good article on Introducing the Nano Server Image Builder – Nano Server.


For a quick overview of Containers in Windows Server 2016 see Containers in Windows Server 2016 and note it uses Docker.

Time Synchronisation

Work was done in Windows Server 2016 to improve time accuracy, see Accurate Time with Windows Server 2016 - YouTube for details.

There is a useful utility called "w32tm", which can be uses as follows:
w32tm /resync - update local time with NTP server or domain
w32tm /query /status - display the status of the time service
w32tm /query /source - subset of /status displaying just the source
w32tm /tz - display timezone information