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Are you a Microsoft enthusiast? Do you want to try running containers on Windows platform? Then you have at the right place.

As of now, Docker Engine is not available for Windows server platform. There has been development in progress to run Docker on Windows Server running on bare metal hardware.  Docker Engine uses Linux-specific kernel features and as of now it is tied to Linux Kernel. To try it on Windows we need to use a lightweight virtual machine (VM). You use theWindows Docker Client to control the virtualized Docker Engine to build, run, and manage Docker containers.

Here comes a helper application called “Boot2Docker”. All it does is create a Linux virtual machine on Windows to run Docker on a Linux operating system.

You can install boot2docker through https://github.com/boot2docker/windows-installer/releases/latest


As shown above , you atleast need to set environmental variable which is different for command prompt and powershell.

Now you can just start playing around with Docker images as shown below:


Great. You have Docker images on Windows platform running on Virtualbox.

boot2docker is a great tool which does that all magically !!!


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Ajeet Raina

My name is Ajeet Singh Raina and I am an author of this blogging site. I am a Docker Captain, ARM Innovator & Docker Bangalore Community Leader. I bagged 2 special awards last year(2019): Firstly, “The Tip of Captain’s Hat Award” at Dockercon 2019, San Francisco, and secondly, “2019 Docker Community Award“. I run Collabnix Community Slack with over 5300+ audience . I have built popular GITHUB repositories like DockerLabs, KubeLabs, Kubetools, RedisPlanet Terraform etc. with the support of Collabnix Community. Currently working as Developer Relations Manager at Redis Labs where I help customers and community members adopt Redis. With over 12,000+ followers over LinkedIn & close to 5100+ twitter followers, I like sharing Docker and Kubernetes related content . You can follow me on Twitter(@ajeetsraina) & GitHub(@ajeetraina)


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