Last week, we held our first webinar on “Docker for Windows Server 2016” to a record number of attendees, showcasing the most exciting new Windows Server 2016 feature – containers powered by Commercially Supported Docker Engine.
Docker CS Engine and containers are now available natively on Windows and supported by Microsoft with Docker’s Commercially Supported (CS) Engine included in Windows Server 2016.Now developers and IT pros can begin the same transformation for Windows-based apps and infrastructure to reap the benefits they’ve seen with Docker for Linux: enhanced security, agility, and improved portability and freedom to run applications on bare metal, virtual or cloud environments.
Watch the on-demand webinar to learn more about the technical innovations that went into making Docker containers run natively on Windows and how to get started.
Webinar: Docker for Windows Server 2016
Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions from the session. We’re still sorting through the rest and will post them in a follow up blog.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Docker and Microsoft have worked to make getting started simple, we have some great resources to get you started whether you’re a developer or an IT pro:
- Complete the Docker for Windows Containers Lab on GitHub
- Read the blog: Build And Run Your First Docker Windows Server Container
- View the images in Docker Hub that Microsoft has made available to the community to start building Windows containers: https://hub.docker.com/r/microsoft/
- Get started converting existing Windows applications to Docker containers:
- Read the blog: Image2Docker: A New Tool For Prototyping Windows VM Conversions
- Register for the webinar on October 25th at 10AM PST – Containerize Windows workloads with Image2Docker Tool
Q: How is Docker for Windows Server 2016 licensed?
A: Docker CS Engine comes included at no additional cost with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials editions with support provided by Microsoft and backed by Docker. Support is provided in accordance with the selected Windows Server 2016 support contract with available SLAs and hotfixes and full support for Docker APIs.
Q: Is there a specific Windows release that supports Docker for development?
A: You can get started using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition by installing Docker for Windows (direct link for public beta channel) or by downloading and installing Windows Server 2016. You can also get started using Azure.
To learn more about how to get started, read our blog: Build And Run Your First Docker Windows Server Container or get started with the Docker for Windows Containers Lab on GitHub.
Q: Windows has a Server Core and Nano Sever base image available. What should I use?
A: Windows Server Core is designed for backwards compatibility. It is a larger base image but has the things you need so your existing applications are able to run in Docker. Nano Server is slimmer and is best suited for new applications that don’t have legacy dependencies.
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