Hello World MSMQ! …from Windows Containers

Hello from Microsoft Hackathon!!!  What are we hacking? Containerizing MSMQ! Let me tell you more… MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queuing) is one of the top asks from Enterprise customers who are lifting and shifting traditional apps with Windows Containers. We are hearing that in our conversations with customers directly, especially with major financial institutions. It is… Read more

Hyper-V symbols for debugging

Having access to debugging symbols can be very handy, for example when you are A partner building solutions leveraging Hyper-V, Trying to debug a specific issue, or Searching for bugs to participate in the Microsoft Hyper-V Bounty Program. Starting with symbols for Windows Server 2016 with an installed April 2018 cumulative update, we are now… Read more

Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log (January 2018 edition)

Hyper-V has changed over the last few years and so has our event log structure. With that in mind, here is an update of Ben’s original post in 2009 (“Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log”). This post gives a short overview on the different Windows event log channels that Hyper-V uses. It can be used… Read more

A smaller Windows Server Core Container with better Application Compatibility

In Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074 released on Tuesday Jan 16, 2018, there are some exciting improvements to Windows Server containers that we’d like to share with you.  We’d love for you to test out the build, especially the Windows Server Core container image, and give us feedback! Windows Server Core Container Base Image… 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

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