Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container Support


Microsoft now published a third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. As promised, this is also a initial chronicle of Windows Server to natively support Windows Server Containers — that is, Microsoft’s chronicle of Linux containers that can be managed both by Powershell and Docker’s command-line tools.

Microsoft is clearly wakeful that developers are seeking for enclosure support. As Microsoft ubiquitous manager for cloud height selling Mike Schutz told me, a association wants to assistance both IT professionals and developers who are now underneath some-more vigour than ever to fast move apps from a growth proviso to contrast and deployment. Thanks to a overall momentum that containers are now enjoying, developers wish to be means to use them, so Microsoft also has to give IT a collection to conduct them.

Schutz argues that a Windows Container production with feel “very informed for Docker developers when they use Powershell — and Powershell users will feel really gentle there, too.” To supplement a bit of confusion, though, containers combined with Powershell can’t be managed with Docker (and visa versa).

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Docker and Microsoft are partnering to bring both Windows Server and Docker containers to Windows, and permitting developers to conduct them with a customary Docker tools. That’s apparently a vital win for Docker yet also for developers who have to muster their applications on Windows Server. Until Microsoft jumped on board, after all, Docker was especially a Linux technology.

It’s value noting, though, that we won’t be means to take a Linux enclosure and run it on Windows Server (or visa versa). As Microsoft’s Azure CTO Mark Russinovich remarkable in a blog post progressing this week, “Linux containers need Linux APIs from a horde heart and Windows Server Containers need a Windows APIs of a horde Windows kernel, so we can't run Linux containers on a Windows Server horde or a Windows Server Container on a Linux host.” What we can do, however, is use a same Docker customer to conduct both kinds of containers.

Microsoft is also operative on a second enclosure deployment option for Windows Server: Hyper-V Containers. These forms of containers will offer aloft siege between containers by using their possess duplicate of a Windows heart and carrying memory reserved directly to them.

In a way, that creates them rather some-more same to normal practical machines (which distinct containers, embody a duplicate of a handling system). Docker will be means to conduct both Hyper-V Containers and Windows Server Containers. Support for Hyper-V containers on Windows Server, however, won’t arrive until a subsequent preview.

To support these containers, Microsoft is also rising updated Docker production for Visual Studio today.

As Schutz noted, many of a enclosure technologies, as good as some of a software-defined networking technologies a association is rising with this preview, were built from a same technologies a association grown for a Azure platform.

Other new facilities in this Windows Server preview include some new facilities for a lightweight Nano Server option, including a new puncture government console for regulating networking configuration, as good as new confidence facilities to improved besiege practical machines from a horde handling system. You can find a full list of new facilities here.

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