Docker Enterprise 2.1: w/ Windows Server 2003/2008 App-Migration

With the release of Docker Enterprise 2.1, the developers of Docker container technology plan to introduce a program for migrating Windows Server applications.


Announcing Docker Enterprise 2.1

I stumbled across the topic in several places. Mary Jo Foley pointed out her article on via Twitter.

But also Redmond Magazine, The Register or Devops digest are dealing with this announcement. On November 8, 2018, Docker Enterprise 2.1 with Migration Tools for Windows Servers was announced. In this article, Docker developers point out that in addition to Windows Server 2016, Docker Enterprise 2.1 also supports Windows Server 1709, 1803, and Windows Server 2019 (which has not yet been released because it is retired).

Container for legacy Windows Server applications

About 70 percent of Windows Server applications run on Windows Server 2003 or 2008, according to Spiceworks statistics. However, Microsoft discontinued extended support for Windows Server 2003 in July 2015. However, support for Windows Server 2008 will end in January 2020.

With the new Windows Server Migration Tools in Docker Enterprise 2.1, Docker offers its Enterprise Container Platform as a way for organizations to keep their legacy applications that still rely on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008/R2 alive. The program for migrating Windows Server applications consists of:


  • Docker Professional Services (a service for porting applications);
  • the Docker Application Converter to automate the identification and conversion of appropriate applications on legacy servers;
  • and Docker Certified Infrastructure, platforms on which Docker has tested its installation scripts with its partners to ensure that its software is ready to use without cryptic errors.

The app shifting program allows organizations to pack legacy applications into docked Windows Server 2003 or 2008 containers that can then be run from Docker Enterprise to Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803, and 2019, on-premises, or via AWS, Azure, or vSphere – the Certified Infrastructure listed above. For more details, see the Docker announcement, Redmond Magazine, The Register or Devops digest.


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