CHelpdesk
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is it possible to run Docker on a VM running on an ESXi?

Hello,

I would like your help on the following:

I was tasked with implementing Docker on a VM (Windows) and make sure the Docker runs linux containers.

I tried installing docker for windows on a VM running Windows Server 2016 R2 later to find out it is not supported so i tried the following:

- Installing docker on a Windows 10 VM but it failed, so i tried installing docker toolbox but it failed too.

I'm running an ESXi 6.0 U3

can you shed some light please?

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daphnissov
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Firstly, this isn't a VMware-related question or issue as there is no blocking of Docker that occurs just because it's running on a VM. Second, have you read some of the basic resources like this​ or blogs like this?

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DaveMitchell201
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Yes, we are running docker on esxi 6

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CHelpdesk
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what docker are you running on what os?

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StephenMoll
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In case it isn't obvious from Daphnissov's post and the links he gave:

Windows Docker engine runs under Hyper-V, so this results in nested-virtualisation which requires some extra tinkering.

If you run a Linux hosted Docker engine, it runs natively and the nested-virtualisation issue doesn't exist.

Reading Daphnissov's links, Windows Server 2019 would appear to be adopting a native Docker Engine and will also not result in nested-virtualisation.

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Roberter66
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Your content helped me a lot to take my doubts, thank you very much.


moderator edit: removed spam link

CHelpdesk
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Yes it was very helpful to me as well Thank you very much!

This configuration helped me run docker on my windows 10 pro VM (1809)

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please notice that:

- Hardware Virtualization is checked

- CPU/MMU Virtualization: hardware CPU and MMU

avedere
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I configured as shown above - installer Hyper-v - but docker start times out with the below error - any ideas

Timed out waiting for the lifecycle-server to start.

This may be the result of a slow environment or there may be a real problem.

This timeout can be increased by editing settings.json, value 'lifecycleTimeoutSeconds'.

This file is usually in C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Docker

   at Docker.Core.Pipe.NamedPipeClient.<TrySendAsync>d__5.MoveNext()

--- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---

   at System.Runtime.ExceptionServices.ExceptionDispatchInfo.Throw()

   at Docker.Core.Pipe.NamedPipeClient.Send(String action, Object[] parameters)

   at Docker.Actions.DoStart(SynchronizationContext syncCtx, Boolean showWelcomeWindow, Boolean executeAfterStartCleanup)

   at Docker.Actions.<>c__DisplayClass24_0.<Start>b__0()

   at Docker.ApiServices.TaskQueuing.TaskQueue.<>c__DisplayClass17_0.<.ctor>b__1()

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Any suggestions ?

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msripada
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you can run...

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ted_bunny
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