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28 Sep, 2016 03:31 PM

Windows server 2016 rtm is available. Will it be available at appveyor? When?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 28 Sep, 2016 07:37 PM

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    We are working with our data center to make Windows Server 2016 available as soon as possible. When it's Generally Available (GA) in mid-October it would take us few more weeks after that to bring Server 2016 hosts online.

  2. 2 Posted by Hardy on 18 Oct, 2016 06:32 PM

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    Will the Windows Server 2016 be available for open source projects as well and even more importantly will this mean that nested virtualization will be available at this stage?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 18 Oct, 2016 11:23 PM

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    We are closely working with our service provider to bring Windows Server 2016 as soon as possible. Currently, we are looking at the end of November, but no exact ETA though.

    Nested virtualization will be available - there of course will be some nuances, but I don't see any blockers rights now why it can't be made.

  4. 4 Posted by Chandra Kumar on 30 Nov, 2016 05:08 PM

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    Is Windows Server 2016 available? Also where should I specify that the tests need Windows Server 2016? In "Settings\Environment" I see option for VS and not for the OS. Thank you.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 30 Nov, 2016 05:37 PM

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    It's not yet available.

  6. 6 Posted by dragon788 on 01 Dec, 2016 05:25 PM

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    @Chandra You will probably select a "Build Worker Image" under Environment in your job settings and choose the option that will correspond to Server 2016 once it is available.

  7. 7 Posted by Chandra Kumar on 01 Dec, 2016 06:33 PM

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    Thank you!

  8. 8 Posted by Wilson McCoubre... on 12 Jan, 2017 05:48 PM

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    Do we have a rough timeline of when this will be available?

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 12 Jan, 2017 05:50 PM

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    Besides Docker (I guess this is the main reason you need Windows Server 2016), what would be other software you need on Windows Server 2016 image?

  10. 10 Posted by Wilson McCoubre... on 12 Jan, 2017 09:13 PM

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    I would be happy with just the docker daemon running on the machine so that I could spin up a windows server core or nano docker image. This means I would require that the windows docker daemon is running on the machine, rather than the linux daemon and I believe at current the windows daemon to be able to run windows docker images is currently only in beta. See here for more info:

  11. 11 Posted by matham on 24 Jan, 2017 10:20 PM

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    We are also looking forward to server 2016 because with 2012 the opengl drivers are too low to run our tests. I'm not sure if you're considering release the 2016 image with limited software? For us we'd need visual studio as well as the python versions.

  12. 12 Posted by karnich99 on 08 Feb, 2017 02:51 PM

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    Any update on this? Need it for docker support. Visual Studio RC 17 on it would also be required for our needs.

  13. Support Staff 13 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 08 Feb, 2017 05:32 PM

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    Yep, the image is ready in beta mode. All related discussions are going on here:

    Could you please confirm your AppVeyor account name, so we can enable the image for you?

  14. 14 Posted by karnich99 on 09 Feb, 2017 11:08 AM

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    Hey Feodor

    AppVeyor account name: EGAppVeyor

    Thanks in advance!

  15. 15 Posted by cort on 09 Feb, 2017 03:43 PM

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    I am interested in using the WIndows Server 2016 image as well for a docker build, would it be possible to add my account (spring2) as well?

  16. Support Staff 16 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 09 Feb, 2017 09:21 PM

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    @karnich99, @cort added.

  17. 17 Posted by Wilson McCoubre... on 22 Feb, 2017 02:10 PM

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    Could you add wilson208 to the beta?

    Thanks a lot :)

  18. Support Staff 18 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 22 Feb, 2017 06:47 PM

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    @Wilson208 added.

  19. 19 Posted by Hardy on 28 Feb, 2017 11:34 AM

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    Could you enable this image for the account 'hferentschik' as well. I would love to try it as well.

    Also, any idea whether it would allow you to use nested virtualization?

  20. Support Staff 20 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 28 Feb, 2017 05:15 PM

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    @Hardy added

  21. Support Staff 21 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 28 Feb, 2017 05:18 PM

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    @Hardy we plan to add nested virtualization later, but this will be probably separate paid feature, because of compute and networking resources consumption.


  22. 22 Posted by kapilkd13 on 25 May, 2017 09:34 AM

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    Hi Feodor
    Could you tell me if its possible to create Linux Docker Container on Visual Studio 17 image. I tried but got a error, 'linux system image cannot be created'. Is there a way to do so. I heard LinuxKit allows it, Could you share any information on it.
    Also which isolation mode is used by server 2016, Hyper-V ,Windows server container or both.

  23. Support Staff 23 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 25 May, 2017 09:38 PM

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    Unfortunately, Docker for Windows Containers available for Windows Server 2016 can run on Windows-based containers.

  24. 24 Posted by Dustin on 07 Jul, 2017 11:58 PM

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    Hi, you can change the Docker for Windows installation to switch to Linux containers. Would it be possible to provide a VS 2017 image which has Docker with Linux containers configured? I think this is the most desired set up for most people, as most devs will probably want to build .NET Core apps on Linux containers.

    Do you think this could be done?

  25. Support Staff 25 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 08 Jul, 2017 01:32 AM

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    As said earlier in this topic Linux containers will be available when we start supporting nested virtualization on our Hyper-V servers. You cannot run Linux in Windows Containers if Hyper-V is not enabled on the machine. As long as our build workers are VMs their selves, nested virtualization is needed.
    What we will do in near future (about the end of summer), is providing builds on Linux VMs (not containers), the same way we provide Windows builds now. So you will be able to set up different build worker images in your settings, and your build will happen on both Windows and Linux.

  26. 26 Posted by Daniel P Rossi on 16 Oct, 2017 09:43 PM

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    Is there any update on this? I'm trying to get a docker linux image running as part of CI.

  27. Support Staff 27 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 16 Oct, 2017 10:01 PM

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    Daniel, sorry for delay. We were heads down delivering AppVeyor Enterprise and this work delayed Linux builds availability. We plan to provide at least beta by the end of the year.

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