Share via

Crib Sheet: Get Started with Windows Containers and Docker

A few people have been asking about where to start with containers on Windows 10 and Windows server, and with deployment to Azure (thinking about ACS and ACIs).

Before you even worry about how you host and deploy containers in Azure, it's probably best to start with a quick 101 list of reading and video resources on Containers in general and Docker, once you've read these - you can progress onto how / where to host them in Azure (our preferred platform for Windows Container orchestration in Azure is Service Fabric)

Here we go.. This is roughly the learning path that I followed to learn about Containers.

My Colleague David Gristwood also has a nicely crafted blog post that you should read as a primer before you start along this path which is more Azure Focused, I'm focusing on the container platform itself in Windows and Docker here.

Level 100 : Start Here

QuickStart Container 101


Build 2015 - Containers what why and how

Windows 10 Containers


What is Docker?


Level 200 : More advanced containers / docker

Linux vs Windows Containers

Hyper-V vs Windows Containers

Docker for Windows

Docker Tutorial


Docker PowerShell Tools install

Open Powershell prompt with administrative credentials and execute

Register-PSRepository -Name DockerPS-Dev -SourceLocation Install-Module Docker -Repository DockerPS-Dev


Windows Server - Install Server Providers

Install-Module -Name DockerMsftProvider -Repository PSGallery -Force Install-Package -Name docker -ProviderName DockerMsftProvider

From /en-us/virtualization/windowscontainers/quick-start/quick-start-windows-server


Building Docker Images /en-gb/virtualization/windowscontainers/quick-start/quick-start-images


Service Fabric and Containers



Ch9 Link Containers and Windows Server 2016


Connect - path to containerization


Level 300: Nanoserver, technical deep dive and command crib sheet.


Repackaging apps to install headlessly on nanoserver


Technical Deep Dive further reading, why AND how + history and architecture on Windows Containers.


Service Fabric Container applications



+ Handy Docker Command List

Requirement Command Options Handy Values
Download a base container image docker pull <publisher/image>  microsoft/nanoservermicrosoft/iismicrosoft/windowsservercore
List downloaded images docker images
List running containers and ids docker ps
Commit a container to a new image docker commit <containeridfromdockerpscommand> <imagename>
Launch a command from a container docker run <imagename> <command> -rm Clean up container on exit, -it Run interactively (for command consoles will not run then exit)
Build a container from a dockerfile in the current path docker build