Copying Files into a Hyper-V VM with Vagrant

A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog with tips and tricks for getting started with Vagrant on Hyper-V. My fifth tip was to “Enable Nifty Hyper-V Features,” where I briefly mentioned stuff like differencing disks and virtualization extensions. While those are useful, I realized later that I should have added one more feature… Read more

Vagrant and Hyper-V — Tips and Tricks

Learning to Use Vagrant on Windows 10 A few months ago, I went to DockerCon as a Microsoft representative. While I was there, I had the chance to ask developers about their favorite tools. The most common tool mentioned (outside of Docker itself) was Vagrant. This was interesting — I was familiar with Vagrant, but… Read more

Making it easier to revert

Sometimes when things go wrong in my environment, I don’t want to have to clean it all up — I just want to go back in time to when everything was working. But remembering to maintain good recovery points isn’t easy. Now we’re making it so that you can always roll back your virtual machine to a recent good state if you… Read more

Use NGINX to load balance across your Docker Swarm cluster

A practical walkthrough, in six steps This basic example demonstrates NGINX and swarm mode in action, to provide the foundation for you to apply these concepts to your own configurations. This document walks through several steps for setting up a containerized NGINX server and using it to load balance traffic across a swarm cluster. For… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Adds Native Overlay Network Driver, enabling mixed Linux + Windows Docker Swarm Mode Clusters

Based on customer and partner feedback, we are happy to announce the Windows networking team released a native overlay network driver for Windows Server 2016 to enable admins to create a Docker Swarm cluster spanning multiple Windows Server and Linux container hosts without worrying about configuring the underlying network fabric. Windows Server containers and those with… Read more

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

Microsoft just released the Windows 10 Creators Update.  Which means Hyper-V improvements! New and improved features in Creators Update: Quick Create Checkpoint and Save for nested Hyper-V Dynamic resize for VM Connect Zoom for VM Connect Networking improvements (NAT) Developer-centric memory management Keep reading for more details.  Also, if you want to try new Hyper-V… Read more

Linux Integration Services 4.1.3-2

Linux Integration Services has been update to version 4.1.3-2 and is available from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51612 This is a minor update to correct the RPMs for a kernel ABI change in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux’s Red Hat Compatible Kernel version 7.3. Version 3.10.0-514.10.2.el7 of the kernel was sufficiently different for symbol conflicts to… Read more

How to give us feedback

We love hearing from you.  So what’s the best way to give us feedback? The best way to report an issue or give a quick suggestion is the Feedback Hub on Windows 10 (Windows key + F to open it quickly). The feedback hub lets the product team see all of your feedback in one… Read more

Overlay Network Driver with Support for Docker Swarm Mode Now Available to Windows Insiders on Windows 10

Windows 10 Insiders can now take advantage of overlay networking and Docker swarm mode  to manage containerized applications in both single-host and clustering scenarios. Containers are a rapidly growing technology, and as they evolve so must the technologies that support them as members of a broader collection of compute, storage and networking infrastructure components. For… Read more

Fun fact: Quick Create handles emoji in virtual machine names and splices them into simple Unicode

I was playing with Windows 10’s on screen keyboard and discovered the emoticons section.  Specifically, I found this awesome set of cat emojis. WindowsKitty definitely needed to be a VM Name.  It even has a laptop!  Luckily, it turns out, the Quick Create option we added recently handles emoji beautifully. Not only does the VM name look… Read more