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

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

Hyper-V virtual machine gallery and networking improvements

In January, we added Quick Create to Hyper-V manager in Windows 10.  Quick Create is a single-page wizard for fast, easy, virtual machine creation. Starting in the latest fast-track Windows Insider builds (16237+) we’re expanding on that idea in two ways.  Quick Create now includes: A virtual machine gallery with downloadable, pre-configured, virtual machines. A… 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

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

Use Docker Compose and Service Discovery on Windows to scale-out your multi-service container application

Article by Kallie Bracken and Jason Messer The containers revolution popularized by Docker has come to Windows so that developers on Windows 10 (Anniversary Edition) or IT Pros using Windows Server 2016 can rapidly build, test, and deploy Windows “containerized” applications! Based on community feedback, we have made several improvements to the Windows containers networking stack… Read more

Windows NAT (WinNAT) — Capabilities and limitations

Author: Jason Messer   How many devices (e.g. laptops, smart phones, tablets, DVRs, etc.) do you have at home which connect to the internet? Each of these devices probably has an IP address assigned to it, but did you know that that the public internet actually only sees one IP address for all of these… Read more

What Happened to the “NAT” VMSwitch?

Author: Jason Messer Beginning in Windows Server Technical Preview 3, our users noticed a new Hyper-V Virtual Switch Type – “NAT” – which was introduced to simplify the process of connecting Windows containers to the host using a private network. This allowed network traffic sent to the host to be redirected to individual containers running… Read more