Windows  Server 2016 was announced a few weeks ago.  Download Windows 2016 Server Evaluation version.
This blog is the first part of a multi-part series. The first part will show how to set up Windows Server 2016 as a VirtualBox VM. This is an update to Windows Server 2016 using VirtualBox for Docker Containers.

  1. Download Windows 2016 Server Evaluation version.  Its ~5GB download so try on a reliable and fast Internet connection.
  2. Create a new VM using Virtual Box:docker-windows-2016-1
  3. Set up a dynamically allocated HDD, make sure to choose 30GB (as shown):The installed operating system is ~17GB. The base windowsservercore image is 3.8GB. So if you chose the default 20GB HDD, then no Docker containers can run on it.
  4. Point to the downloaded ISO:
  5. Start the VM, take default settings:docker-windows-2016-4
  6. Click on Next:docker-windows-2016-5Click on Install now.
  7. Select the Desktop Experience version otherwise the standard Windows desktop will not be available after Windows is booted:docker-windows-2016-6Click on Next.
  8. Accept the license terms:docker-windows-2016-7
  9. Select Custom Install as we are installing as a VM:docker-windows-2016-8
  10. Take the default for the allocated space:docker-windows-2016-9
  11. Click on Next to start the installation:docker-windows-2016-10Wait for a few minutes for the installation to complete:

    docker-windows-2016-11

    It will take a few minutes for the install to complete.

  12. Enter the administrator’s password:docker-windows-2016-13Seems like it requires alphabets, numbers and special characters. The dialog expects to meet the password criteria without showing the criteria, this is weird!
  13. Entering the credentials shows the Windows login screen:
  14. In a classical Windows, you do a three-finger salute of Ctrl+Alt+Del to view Desktop. This key combination needs to be sent to Windows VM using  Virtual Box menu:docker-windows-2016-15
  15. Server Manager Dashboard shows up:docker-windows-2016-16
  16. Latest updates need to be installed. Click on the Start icon, and search for update:docker-windows-2016-17Select Check for Updates.
  17. Update window looks like:docker-windows-2016-18Select Check for updates again.
  18. Latest updates are downloaded and installed:docker-windows-2016-19
  19. Once the updates are downloaded and installed, then the VM needs to be restarted:
    docker-windows-2016-20Click on Restart now to restart the VM.
  20. Restarted VM looks like as shown:

This shows that Windows Server 2016 VM is now ready. Subsequent parts of this multi-part blog will show how to configure Docker containers and run a multi-container application using Docker Compose.

Posted by Arun Gupta, VP, Developer Advocacy, Couchbase

Arun Gupta is the vice president of developer advocacy at Couchbase. He has built and led developer communities for 10+ years at Sun, Oracle, and Red Hat. He has deep expertise in leading cross-functional teams to develop and execute strategy, planning and execution of content, marketing campaigns, and programs. Prior to that he led engineering teams at Sun and is a founding member of the Java EE team. Gupta has authored more than 2,000 blog posts on technology. He has extensive speaking experience in more than 40 countries on myriad topics and is a JavaOne Rock Star for three years in a row. Gupta also founded the Devoxx4Kids chapter in the US and continues to promote technology education among children. An author of several books on technology, an avid runner, a globe trotter, a Java Champion, a JUG leader, NetBeans Dream Team member, and a Docker Captain, he is easily accessible at @arungupta.

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