Windows Server 2016 Containers

Category: General Info


Containers are portable operating environment which are secluded and resource controlled. Basically it is where an application can be run, with no interference to the rest of the system and the system not affecting the application, but kept in an isolated place. Windows server 2016 containers are the future of virtualization.

Inside a container it would be very much like you were inside a newly installed physical computer or a virtual machine. The containers are easy to manage and can be done the same way as the other containers are managed.Once you start working with these containers you will observe similarities between these and the virtual machines. These windows server 2016 containers run an operating system and have a file system that can be accessed over a network.

The working directions mentioned below will be handy once you start working on the Windows server 2016 containers.

Container host: once you start working on the container the host will run one or more server containers on the physical or the virtual computer.

Container Image:As changes are made to the containers in the file system or the registry with the software installations these changes are captured in the sandbox. In many cases you may want to capture it in such a state that it could help the new containers to accept these changes. Once the container has stopped you can discard the sandbox or you can change it into new container image.

Sandbox: Once the converter starts working it will write all the actions from file system modifications,registry modifications and software installations and store it in the sandbox layer.

Container OS image: Containers are installed from images. The containers OS images are the first layers in the many images that make a container and this is provided by the operating system.

Container Repository: Every single time an image is in the container it is stored in the local repository. These images can be used many times over on the container host. These images can be stored in public or private repository such as docker hub, which can be used across different containers host.

Container Management Technology: Windows server containers are managed by using both power shell and dockers. With either of these tools new containers can be created as well as the images and manage the life cycle of the container.


Since the containers consist of everything to run an application and they are portable, they run on every machine that is runsWindows Server 2016. Containers can be tested and developed locally, and the images deployed to your company’s cloud or the service provider.

The nature of the container is such that it supports most of the modern applications and cloud environments.IT professionals use containers for standardized development in QA and production teams. They need not worry about difficulty while installing and configuring which may need an engineer or a systems administrator.

Containers are helpful to the admins as they create a simple infrastructure which is easy to maintain or update.