Docker: Linux containers in Windows docker workers

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30 Jan, 2019 02:17 PM

Our produce is a *WIndows* product that uses *Linux* containers. We'd love to test with Appveyor.

I see in that linux containers were going to be offered, but I still don't see documentation on this. There are also references at

Is this something Appveyor is going to be able to do? The last time I tried it was not possible, only WIndows containers were usable on Windows workers.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 30 Jan, 2019 08:06 PM

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    We actually provide the solution during last year, please check this self-descriptive build. It requires more expensive build VMs (check "Quad" VMs on the billing page).But right now we are forced to re-design it because of many issues with have with Docker for Windows and nested virtualization. We plan to provide an alternative based on Windows Server 2019 and Docker EE. If you are interested in trying this new approach, let us know, we will include you in pilot, which should start in coming weeks.

  2. 2 Posted by randy on 30 Jan, 2019 08:31 PM

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    I thank you very much for the answer but am a little confused. You say that you already provide the solution, but also that it's not yet available?

    Please include us in the pilot!
    We'd be happy to pay a reasonable monthly for this, it would be great. However, I don't see anything about Quad VM on the pricing page,, can you be more specific?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 30 Jan, 2019 08:51 PM

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    It is available but we plan to discontinue it in favor of Windows Server 2019 based solution. Pricing page contains only very basic options, check account settings > billing in AppVeyor portal. E.g.<your_account>/billing. It has much more options.

  4. 4 Posted by randy on 30 Jan, 2019 09:23 PM

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    And thank you again for the quick response.

    Unfortunately, I seem to have opened this through github (it's open source, again we're happy to pay). So since I opened it through github there's no info on the billing page, see attached screenshot.

    Feel free to change the account, or tell me what to do, thanks.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 30 Jan, 2019 10:45 PM

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    I see, honestly we hesitate to provide this solution at the moment. We plan to move all Linux Container customers to new Windows Server 2019 VMs asap. We are right now preparing this. Is it OK for you to wait for couple of weeks?

  6. 6 Posted by randy on 30 Jan, 2019 10:58 PM

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    Yes, it's OK. We would dearly love to move our testing over to appveyor instead of managing machines on buildkite. You have me on the list for notification? Thanks!

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 31 Jan, 2019 07:43 PM

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    Please subscribe to technical updates at and follow us on Twitter.

    If we decide to not advertise trial of those VMs with those channels, we will send you information separately. But subscribing to technical updates is useful anyway.


  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 15 Feb, 2019 01:22 AM

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    New solution is ready for testing and your enabled for your account.

    Please see sample build:
    and respective YAML config:

    Note that build start is typically about 3 minutes (time to provision VM on Azure).

    Please let us know how it works for you.

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 15 Feb, 2019 01:26 AM

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    Note that image: Windows Server 2019 is essential to run build on those VMs.

  10. 10 Posted by randy on 15 Feb, 2019 04:21 PM

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    Thanks so much! We're looking forward to trying it out.

  11. 11 Posted by mikejolley on 18 Feb, 2019 02:52 PM

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    Could I get it added to our account as well?

  12. Support Staff 12 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 18 Feb, 2019 07:55 PM

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    @mikejolley: please provide your account name (or simple link to the build) -- I cannot figure it out using email you use in the forum.

  13. 13 Posted by mikejolley on 18 Feb, 2019 09:14 PM

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  14. Support Staff 14 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 18 Feb, 2019 09:30 PM

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    Windows Server 2019 image is enabled for AdvancedSystemsUnlimited account. Couple of things to note:

    • This image runs on Azure VMs, so build start time is 2-6 minutes (overhead of creating and starting VM on Azure, though we are working to make it closer to 2)

    • For your plan it will be Standard_D2s_v3 VM (details here) with 2 logical CPUs. 4-CPUs Standard_D4s_v3 goes with "Quad VM" plan (available on the billing page).

    It is right now in preview, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  15. 15 Posted by randy on 20 Feb, 2019 12:17 AM

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    Thanks so much for your work on this @ilya - Earlier today I was in fact able to run a simple docker command using your example ( but now I am no longer able to; it seems that the docker command is not found in the PATH. I don't think this is due to any changes I've made but maybe I got lost somewhere. Build link:

    (If you'd rather have feedback somewhere else or an issue or whatever, just say the word. Thanks for being so responsive here.)

  16. Support Staff 16 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 20 Feb, 2019 12:33 AM

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    Thank you for pointing this out. Can you please try now?

  17. 17 Posted by randy on 20 Feb, 2019 12:52 AM

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