Getting Started with Nano Server

What is Nano Server ?

Nano Server is a new installation option that became available with the arrival of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. It is a purpose-built, stripped down operating system designed to run services and to be managed remotely.

Windows Server 2016 will offer the following installation options:


Nano Server has been designed according to Zero-Footprint model and its size on disk is around 500MB. It has no GUI, binaries or metadata in the OS image, it sets up significantly faster and requires far fewer updates and restarts than Windows Server.

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2015 Microsoft MVP Award on Hyper-V

Lately, I have been under the rock of work and that is why i didn’t write about this sooner. On October 1st I received an email saying:


As you can imagine i was eagerly awaiting for this email and the excitement i got was really great.

I would like to thank all community members of and friends, many of whom are or were fellow MVPs, for their help, support and guidance throughout this last year.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my friends working at Microsoft Hellas for continuously supporting the community and for the confidence they showed me, ‘’pushing’’ me forward.

I look forward to continuing my contribution to IT Pros community with the same passion for the years to come.

Running pfSense as an Azure IaaS Virtual Machine

A client of mine has asked me if it would be possible to run pfSense as a Microsoft Azure IaaS Virtual Machine. pfSense® software is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD, specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface.

At that time, I had in mind that running FreeBSD 10 under Hyper-V and in Microsoft Azure, is something that can be done. So, I decided to build a deployment as a Proof of Concept and to write a blog post about this deployment.

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Secure Azure Virtual Network using Network Security Groups

The way that Network Virtualization is implemented in Hyper-V and subsequently in Microsoft Azure IaaS, enables explicitly the Routing between Virtual Subnets. This is the reason why the traffic between Virtual Subnets, that are part of the same Virtual Network, is unrestricted unless we have applied Network Security Groups.

Network Security Groups Is a way to control traffic between Virtual Subnets of an Azure Virtual Network as well as the Internet. Moreover, Network Security Groups provide segmentation within Azure Virtual Network, by applying rules according to our needs and design.

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