Tar and Curl Come to Windows!

Beginning in Insider Build 17063, we’re introducing two command-line tools to the Windows toolchain: curl and bsdtar. It’s been a long time coming, I know. We’d like to give credit to the folks who’ve created and maintain bsdtar and curl—awesome open-source tools used by millions of humans every day. Let’s take a look at two… Read more

Migrating local VM owner certificates for VMs with vTPM

Whenever I want to replace or reinstall a system which is used to run virtual machines with a virtual trusted platform module (vTPM), I’ve been facing a challenge: For hosts that are not part of a guarded fabric, the new system does need to be authorized to run the VM. Some time ago, I wrote… Read more

WSL Interoperability with Docker

We frequently get asked about running docker from within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). We don’t support running the docker daemon directly in WSL. But what you can do is call in to the daemon running under Windows from WSL. What does this let you do? You can create dockerfiles, build them, and run… Read more

What’s new in Hyper-V for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has arrived!  While we’ve been blogging about new features as they appear in Windows Insider builds, many of you have asked for a consolidated list of Hyper-V updates and improvements since Creators Update in April. Summary: Quick Create includes a gallery (and you can add your own images) Hyper-V has… Read more

A great way to collect logs for troubleshooting

Did you ever have to troubleshoot issues within a Hyper-V cluster or standalone environment and found yourself switching between different event logs? Or did you repro something just to find out not all of the important Windows event channels had been activated? To make it easier to collect the right set of event logs into… Read more

Container Images are now out for Windows Server version 1709!

With the release of Windows Server version 1709 also come Windows Server Core and Nano Server base OS container images. It is important to note that while older versions of the base OS container images will work on a newer host (with Hyper-V isolation), the opposite is not true. Container images based on Windows Server… Read more

Docker’s routing mesh available with Windows Server version 1709

The Windows Core Networking team, along with our friends at Docker, are thrilled to announce that support for Docker’s ingress routing mesh will be supported with Windows Server version 1709. Ingress routing mesh is part of swarm mode–Docker’s built-in orchestration solution for containers. Swarm mode first became available on Windows early this year, along with… Read more

Delivering Safer Apps with Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition are revolutionizing the way Windows developers can create, deploy, and manage their applications on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft and Docker are committed to providing secure containerization technologies and enabling developers to implement security best practices in their applications. This blog post highlights some of the security features… Read more