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

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

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

Introducing the Host Compute Service (HCS)

Summary This post introduces a low level container management API in Hyper-V called the Host Compute Service (HCS).  It tells the story behind its creation, and links to a few open source projects that make it easier to use. Motivation and Creation Building a great management API for Docker was important for Windows Server Containers. … 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 Container Networking

Actual Author:  Jason Messer All of the technical documentation corresponding to this post is available here. There is a lot excitement and energy around the introduction of Windows containers and Microsoft’s partnership with Docker. For Windows Server Technical Preview 5, we invested heavily in the container network stack to better align with the Docker management… Read more