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How managing Docker containers is shaping up for administrators

While container management software remains in flux as this version of virtualization matures, administrators should build their familiarity with the technology.

Docker's application virtualization technology, more commonly known as containers, has developed quite a following in high-tech circles -- and the buzz is only growing as the technology matures.

Microsoft has partnered with Docker and plans to release Windows and Hyper-V containers in Windows Server 2016. Windows administrators will have to learn a new set of skills as more organizations consider and implement containers. Admins will also be faced with the challenge of managing Docker containers as existing tools evolve and other offerings are introduced.

This feature will look at how and where containers can be used in a Windows environment and what options exist for container management and administration.

Microsoft adds support for Docker containers

Although Docker has been primarily known for its use on Linux systems, the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 will include the Docker engine and native support for containers. Administrators who have worked with containers in a Linux environment will be able to use the same tools and commands to manage Windows containers.

What Windows admins can expect from Docker

Many Windows administrators may have to surmount a bit of a learning curve when it comes to containers and container management. Tools that can help ease the transition won't be readily available right away. Admins will also have to tackle challenges with backups and scalability.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise hopes to drive sales with Docker Engine bundle

HPE servers and hyper-converged appliances will bundle Docker Engine and support off the shelf, but the integration won't be right for every organization. Large shops that work with web-scale applications are more likely to benefit from Docker support, but few enterprises have moved entirely to containers.

Learn how to deploy Windows containers in Azure VMs

Microsoft introduced the Docker runtime in the fourth technical preview of Windows Server 2016, allowing administrators to deploy Windows containers from Azure-based virtual machines. Once the container host VM is created, admins can use either native Docker commands or PowerShell commands to manage Windows containers.

Microsoft adds integration between Azure and Docker

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich unveiled a new integration between Azure and Docker Datacenter at DockerCon 2016, paving the way for applications to move seamlessly between operating environments. Other Docker products that were released into beta could potentially allow simultaneous multicloud app deployments.

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This was last published in July 2016

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