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As a Windows admin you know that managing containers is not as easy as managing VMs. Using PowerShell commands, writing docker files, and so on can be a daunting process - specially if you just want to containerize an existing application.

 

Just recently we launched an update to the Containers extension in Windows Admin Center and today I wanted to give you a tour of the new functionality!

 

 

With this new update we are expanding the capabilities of Windows Admin Center to help you in your journey of containerizing existing applications. Containers are created based on a container image that in turn are created based on a docker file with instructions on how to create that container image. However, writing a docker file requires which commands to run and when - and even some best practices to avoid large container images.
 

With the new update in Windows Admin Center you can now just answer some simple questions to get started - it's as easy as letting Windows Admin Center know what type of application you have and directing it to the source folder. Windows Admin Center will do the rest for you! Once finished, the docker file will be stored in the same folder as your application and you can run the image locally and even push it to an external container registry! All without writing a single line of code/script for your docker file or command lines.

 

We hope you like this update and we're looking forward for your feedback! Let us know what you think and if you have any feedback, please let us know via User Voice.

 

Vinicius

You can find me on Twitter @vrapolinario.