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Windows Server 2019 Generally Available on Azure – Run Your First Container

Microsoft has announced the General Availability of Azure guest Operating System family 6, based on Windows Server 2019. The important fact is it applies only to the Cloud Services web and worker roles, which run on top of a Guest OS and it does not apply to the IaaS Virtual Machines.

If you log in to the Microsoft Azure Portal you can see various flavors of Windows Server 2019 Editions.

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Flavors

I just wanted to run the container optimized Windows Server 2019 and I span up an Azure VM with this Operating System to run a container and see the functionality. I thought to share this along with the Generally Availability of the release in this post, and I previously published an article to introduce the Windows Server 2019 and you can find it below.

Run A Container With Windows Server 2019

I created the Virtual Machine with “Windows Server 2019 Datacenter with Containers” image.

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: OS with Containers

Logged in with the RDP session and played around with the Operating System, no significant difference in the Server Manager and Popup displayed to manage the Windows Server with the Admin Center.

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Server Manager

Version 10.0.17763 build 17763 was installed on the Virtual Machine

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Server Version

To run the containerized applications “Hyper-V” and “Containers” features must be installed and those two features were already installed and no additional configuration was not required to start with the containers.

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Windows Features

Checked the running Docker engine, Docker engine 18.09.0 (released on 2018-11-08) was pre-installed. By default “servercore” and “nanoserver” images were saved.

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Images and Engine

Docker Client and Server information also checked and both were in 18.09.0

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Docker Server and Client Versions

I just searched the available Microsoft Docker Images for the use

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Available Docker Images

Pulled the IIS docker image to run an IIS web server from the docker repo

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Pulled IIS

Docker image list contained with the default “servercore”and nanoserver images along with the pulled IIS image

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: docker image list with the downloaded IIS image

I ran a docker container with the downloaded IIS image

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Published a Docker Container

Checked the docker information again

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: docker info again

My container web server was running perfectly

Windows Server 2019 Generally Available: Local Access
Windows Server 2019 Generally Available on Azure – Run Your First Container
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Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Lead at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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