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Everything you need to know about containerizing existing apps on Windows

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It’s been almost 7 years since we released the first version of Windows containers on Windows Server 2016. I was there to watch the launch and remember even the early adopter versions. So much has changed since then. However, there’s one thing customers have asked since then that we haven’t really addressed in writing – A complete guide on what can be containerized on Windows containers.


Today we’re making available a new documentation page that addresses exactly that. The goal of this page is to be a live document on which we will add all we know regarding containerizing existing applications.


This new documentation page is the result of a couple months of work that included our advocacy and product teams. It contains:

What works and what doesn’t work on Windows containers and why.
What is supported and what’s not.
What are the caveats of containerizing some specific workloads.
Other aspects of bringing an existing application to Windows containers that you should know upfront to better decide what apps to containerize and how to do that.

More importantly, this new documentation will continue to be updated by our teams. If you have a scenario that is not listed on this page, let us know and we will add to the doc.


As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Happy readings!