Monday, June 4, 2018

MSDYN365BC - Install Dockers.

Hi All,

The first article in this series is about the installation of dockers for windows. I know there may be some questions about dockers and why a new technology or software with all these changes in Product.

I will try to answer most of these questions and we will also talk about installation of Dockers.




What is Dockers?
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications, whether on laptops, data center VMs, or the cloud.

Read More about dockers here.

Is Docker is a Microsoft Product?
Docker is not a Microsoft product. It's an open source software. In October 2014, Microsoft announced the integration of the Docker engine into the next Windows Server release. Windows Containers was made available for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.

Why we need to install Docker?

Freedy from Microsoft has put great efforts in integrating NAV and MSDYN365BC with Dockers.

With respect to NAV, dockers can be used for the following version -
1. NAV 2016.
2. NAV 2017.
3. NAV 2018.
All cumulative updates released by Microsoft on following versions are also available on dockers.

Business Central (latest and greatest) releases is also available in dockers.

More Resources by Freedy - https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/freddyk/tag/nav-on-docker/

You can plan to use or not to use dockers but I personally feel it will be a cool tool in your toolbox to have multiple version and CU in one single environment which can be accessed turn on and off based on your requirements. I will be using dockers to configure and demo Business central.

Docker Installation - 



Download the installer from the website.


Double-click Docker for Windows Installer to run the installer.

In the configuration panel, please select “Use Windows containers instead of Linux containers.”


Installation completed confirmation message.


When the installation finishes, run docker from the desktop (if you selected Add shortcut to desktop).

The whale icon in the notification area indicates that Docker is running, and accessible from a terminal.


Be Ready with Dockers, we will be using in future articles. We have one more installation to be done to continue our journey towards Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business central. We will talk about it in future articles.

Keep hacking. 

Questions? Please feel free to ask.

Regards,
Saurav Dhyani