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How to: Setup and Installation of Windows Server Containers

How to: Setup and Installation of Windows Server Containers 

Various new features have been announced in Microsoft’s upcoming release of Windows Server 2016. This Step-By-Step post will explore the new Windows Server Containers feature made available in the upcoming release. 

The following video provides a great overview of the feature:



Currently there are 3 ways that containers and be utilized.

Containers Host – Manual

To install the Containers feature manually is straight forward.

1. Setup a Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 installation
NOTE: This does not necessarily mean that your physical host needs to be running Windows Server 2016 TP3. This post highlights TP3 running from a VM on a Windows Server 2012 R2 host. To add, the server (physical host or VM) is not required to be joined to a domain. This allows developers will be able to use containers for their development, running VMs on their own workstations.

2. Launch the Add Roles and Features from Windows Server Manager


3. Continue through the wizard until you get to the Features section

4. Find Containers and select it


5. Continue to click Next, and complete the installation of this feature 

6. Restart the server after the feature is installed

7. Check to ensure the feature has been installed by running the following PowerShell command: Get-Command -Module Containers to see all of the commands available


Now that the Containers server feature has been installed, a Container OS Base Image is needed to work with. Microsoft has provided a PowerShell scriptto help get this setup for you.

NOTE:The Container Host will require Internet access for this script to work correctly, as it downloads the Container OS Base Image from Microsoft’s repository.

Notice that the script shows “Feature Containers is already enabled” because we already did that part our selves. But there is a bunch of other stuff that it does for us (i.e. container networking, container OS image, Docker, etc.).


 For the rest of the steps, go here.

By MVP Adin Ermie

Adin specializes in Microsoft System Center toolset, for infrastructure, datacenter and cloud management. He is passionate about technology, and has an insatiable drive for learning.

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