Running Windows Containers on Compute Engine

Running Windows Containers on Compute Engine

1 hour 5 Credits


Google Cloud Self-Paced Labs


Container virtualization is a fast evolving technology, which aims to simplify the deployment and management of distributed applications. When people discuss containers, they usually mean Linux-based containers. This makes sense, because native Linux kernel features like cgroups introduced the idea of resource isolation, eventually leading to containers as we know them today. Until recently, only Linux processes could be containerized, but Microsoft introduced support for Windows-based containers in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10.

You can take an existing Windows application, containerize it using Docker, and run it as an isolated container on Windows. There are two flavors of Windows containers: Windows Server and Hyper-V. You can build Windows containers on either the microsoft/windowsservercore and microsoft/nanoserver base images. You can read more about Windows containers in the Microsoft Windows containers documentation.

Google Cloud provides container-optimized VM images on which to run containers on Compute Engine. There is also a Windows VM image for containers. It comes with Docker, microsoft/windowsservercore, and microsoft/nanoserver base images installed.

In this lab you will learn how to create a Windows virtual machine for containers on Compute Engine, then create an image with a HelloWorld PowerShell script and run that image as a Windows container.

What you'll learn

  • Create a Windows VM for containers on Compute Engine.

  • Create a HelloWorld PowerShell script inside a PowerShell enabled container.

  • Create a modified image from the container.

  • Run the modified image as a Windows container.

What you'll need

  • A Google Cloud Platform project.

  • A Browser, such Chrome or Firefox.

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