Mano Marks

Containerize Windows workloads with Image2Docker

Yesterday, we held a packed webinar on using the Image2Docker tool that prototypes shifting a legacy Windows virtual machine to a Windows Container Dockerfile. Image2Docker is an open source, community generated powershell module that searches for common components of a Windows Server VM and generates a Dockerfile to match. Originally created by Docker Captain Trevor Sullivan, it is now an open source tool hosted in our GitHub repository. Currently there is discovery of components such IIS, Apache, SQL Server and more. As an input it supports VHD, VHDX, and WIM files. When paired with Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Converter, you can start with pretty much any VM format. Image2Docker is community supported and designed to show you how easy it is to create Windows Containers from your existing servers. We strongly encourage you to fork it, play with it and contribute pull Continue reading…

Mano Marks

Image2Docker: A New Tool for Prototyping Windows VM Conversions

Docker is a great tool for building, shipping, and running your applications. Many companies are already moving their legacy applications to Docker containers and now with the introduction of the Microsoft Windows Server 2016, Docker Engine can now run containers  natively on Windows.To make it even easier, there’s a new prototyping tool for Windows VMs that shows you how to replicate a VM Image to a container. Docker Captain Trevor Sullivan recently released the Image2Docker tool, an open source project we’re hosting on GitHub. Still in it’s early stages, Image2Docker is a Powershell module that you can point at a virtual hard disk image, scan for common Windows components and suggest a Dockerfile. And to make it even easier, we’re hosting it in the Powershell Gallery to make it easy to install and use. In Powershell, just type: Install-Module -Name Image2Docker And Continue reading…