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Windows Server 2016 Nano Server base OS image for Windows containers
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Nano Server is a new headless deployment option for Windows Server, running at a fraction of the size of the full operating system. Please consult the Nano Server Getting Started Guide on how to install optional roles and features from the online package repository.

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License: By requesting and using this Container OS Image for Windows containers, you acknowledge, understand, and consent to the following Supplemental License Terms:

Microsoft Corporation (or based on where you live, one of its affiliates) (referenced as “us,” “we,” or “Microsoft”) licenses this Container OS Image supplement to you (“Supplement”). You are licensed to use this Supplement in conjunction with the underlying host operating system software (“Host Software”) solely to assist running the containers feature in the Host Software. The Host Software license terms apply to your use of the Supplement. You may not use it if you do not have a license for the Host Software. You may use this Supplement with each validly licensed copy of the Host Software.

Your use of the Supplement as specified in the preceding paragraph may result in the creation or modification of a container image (“Container Image”) that includes certain Supplement components. For clarity, a Container Image is separate and distinct from a virtual machine or virtual appliance image. Pursuant to these license terms, we grant you a restricted right to redistribute such Supplement components under the following conditions:
(i) you may use the Supplement components only as used in, and as a part of your Container Image,
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We reserve all other rights not expressly granted herein.

By using this Supplement, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use this Supplement.

As part of the Supplemental License Terms for this Container OS Image for Windows containers, you are also subject to the underlying Windows Server host software license terms, which are located at:

Docker Pull Command

Comments (38)
2 months ago

On my Windows Server 2016, I managed to pull microsoft/nanoserver. MyNanoserver container was created based on this. However when i start the container, nothing seems to happen. Docker ps does not list anything running.
This is the command i run: docker start MyNanoserver
Please let me know what went wrong.

2 months ago

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of response from our team!

We monitor our forum ( and didn't think to look here for customer issues.

If you post there we respond within a few days. You can also raise issues in the github repos for our docs, post on StackOverflow or StackExchange (with the docker-for-windows or windows-containers tags) or post in the Docker forums.


3 months ago

Are the Serial Ports removed from this image?
Is it possible to enable the Serial Ports?

3 months ago

If you are getting blob unknown make sure you have enabled windows containers. It seems to fail if you are in linux container mode.

4 months ago

As the package of nanoserver is extracting and dockerd.exe got run.
Kaspersky alert me with Trojan.Win32.Generic on the dockerd.exe file
Now I cannot do anything with docker but uninstall & re-install again.

4 months ago

@littlebrainz you get unknown blob if your using linux container.

In windows 10, click the docker icon in your tray and switch to Windows containers

4 months ago

Unknown blob?

> docker pull microsoft/nanoserver
Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from microsoft/nanoserver
bce2fbc256ea: Downloading
3ac17e2e6106: Downloading
unknown blob
4 months ago

I got the following error: C:\Program Files\Docker\docker.exe: x509: certificate signed by unknown authority. Does anyone know how to resolve it? Thanks.

5 months ago

@elranu - Are you trying to download this container on a Linux machine? If so, it will return "unknown blob". If you're using Windows and still hitting the error, go ahead and open an issue on GitHub docker/docker so a developer can look into it.

5 months ago

I'm getting the following error:

docker pull microsoft/nanoserver
Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from microsoft/nanoserver
bce2fbc256ea: Pulling fs layer
3ac17e2e6106: Downloading
unknown blob