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NanoGen

GUI driven PowerShell script that enables you to quickly create Nano images

Synopsis

NanoGen\NanoGen.Run.ps1 - GUI driven PowerShell script that enables you to quickly create Nano images.

Description

NanoGen is a GUI wrapper for assisting with the rapid creation of a Nano Server images using the New-NanoServerImage cmdlet.

The GUI options presented assist with properly formulating the New-NanoServerImage command with the correct syntax.

This project was undertaken prior to Microsoft releasing the Nano Server Image generation tool (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/nanoserver/2016/10/15/introducing-the-nano-server-image-builder/)

The Nano Server Image generation tool accomplishes the same thing as NanoGen (correctly building a Nano Server Image with New-NanoServerImage cmdlet)

Usage of this tool is no longer recommended in favor of the Nano Server Image generation tool but NanoGen can still provide a great deal of insight into how these tools work and how to manually create a Nano Server Image.

Prerequisites

  • NanoGen\NanoGen.Run.ps1
  • Running Server 2016 or Windows 10 (the ADK specific to these OS's is engaged to properly adjust the Nano Server Image)
  • The 2016 Server Media ISO (preview edition or ISO from MSDN)

How to run

NanoGen\NanoGen.Run.ps1

NanoGen\NanoGen.Run.ps1

  1. Copy code from NanoGen.Run.ps1 into Administrator ISE window
  2. Click Play
  3. On main GUI screen specify the location of the Nano Media
    • The nano media location should be a folder that contains the \NanoServer folder that is retrieved from the Windows Server 2016 ISO. Do not link directly to the NanoServer folder.
    • If you do not have a copy of the Nano Media readily available you will need to secure a trial edition or a copy of the ISO media from a MSDN download or other 2016 Server media
  4. Complete the Nano Image Configuration section to your desired specifications
  5. Click the Create Nano Image button which will load the necessary Nano Image creation command into your clipboard
  6. Close NanoGen by clicking the X button the GUI
  7. Paste the Nano Image creation command into an Administrator ISE Window
  8. Wait for the command to complete and finish creating your image.
    • Images are created at the Destination Path that you specify and are always called Nano.vhdx (or Nano.vhd if creating a Gen1 image)

Contributors

Authors: Jake Morrison

Contributors:

Notes

Usage of this tool is no longer recommended in favor of the Nano Server Image generation tool but NanoGen can still provide a great deal of insight into how these tools work and how to manually create a Nano Server Image.