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Azure Container Service from the Azure CLI

Azure CLI is a node.js cross-platform tool that runs on Linux, Mac OS and Windows and allows to work with Microsoft Azure from the command line. The latest version of Azure CLI includes some commands to create and manage Azure Container Service clusters.

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Create and run Hyper-V containers using Docker on Windows 10 desktop

As you probably know the Windows Insider program allows to get preview Windows 10 builds to test the new features that are coming in the next major update of Windows. Since a few weeks, a new feature named Container has been included in Windows 10 preview builds. This feature brings Hyper-V containers on the desktop, natively.

Note: The following will work only on Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise.

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Getting started with containers and Docker on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

The Technical Preview 5 of Windows Server 2016 has been released yesterday, and it comes with a lot of new cool things for Windows containers and Docker !

To get started with this new preview, you have two solutions:

  • Download it from this page and run it where you want.
  • Deploy a new VM in Azure from the MarketPlace

[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable(“Path”, $env:Path + “;C:\Program Files\Docker”, [EnvironmentVariableTarget]::Machine)

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Create a Docker Swarm cluster using Azure Container Service

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Container Service (ACS) that allows to deploy in an easy way a cluster of virtual machines that can host containers.

If you have not heard about Azure Container Service yet, you may want watch these videos first:

Azure Container Services supports two different orchestrators for the cluster

  • Docker Swarm: It uses the native Docker stack so you can directly use Docker commands to deploy Docker containers.
  • DC/OS: a datacenter operating system that can run containers in different formats, inluding Docker images. DC/OS is also used to deploy and run well known distributed systems like HDFS, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra… and is used at scale by organizations like AirBnb, Twitter, Netflix…

In this blog post, I will explain how you can use Azure Container Service to deploy in a few steps a Docker Swarm based cluster in Azure but if you want to deploy a DC/OS one, the procedure is very similar.

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What's new with Docker for Windows and Microsoft Azure users ?

Maybe you have missed the last annoucements that have been made about Docker last week, but there are few things that may interest you if you’re running Windows or working with Microsoft Azure !

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