Preview Docker for Windows Server 1709 and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Windows versions released in the fall of 2017 (Windows Server 1709 and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for server and client respectively) contain improvements that improve the experience of running Docker on Windows. Enhancements include:

  • Docker ingress mode service publishing and virtual-IP based service discovery
  • Mounting container-host named pipes into Windows containers
  • Smaller Windows container base images
  • Linux containers on Windows

Check out the blog post announcement for details on use-cases for these new features.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 users can take advantage of the new Windows features by installing Docker CE Edge for Windows 10. Edge comes with the latest Docker platform builds that support the new Windows features.

Windows Server 1709

The latest version of Docker Enterprise Edition Basic is 17.06 and Docker EE 17.06 is the recommended way to run Docker containers on Windows Server 1709 in production. Unfortunately, Docker Universal Control plane does not support managing Windows Server 1709 workers yet. Only Docker EE Basic is supported on Windows Server 1709.

Docker EE 17.06 does not support improved networking (ingress and virtual-IP based service discovery), named pipe mounting nor Linux containers on Windows Server 1709 (it does benefit from the smaller base images). For users that want to test these new Windows features with Docker, Docker Inc. makes available preview builds of Docker EE. These can be installed from the preview channel using the standard PowerShell installation method:

Install-Module DockerProvider
Install-Package Docker -ProviderName DockerProvider -RequiredVersion preview

Again, Docker Universal Control Plane does not work on Windows Server 1709 whether running Docker EE 17.06 or Docker EE preview.


Image compatibility

Windows container base images are not compatible between Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 1709 (except that Windows Server 1709 can run Windows Server 2016 based images when using Hyper-V isolation - but not the other way around). Check the Microsoft compatibility docs for details 1.

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