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Today we are looking at how you can modernize Windows Server Apps on Microsoft Azure using Containers with Windows Admin Center and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). We will see how we can create a new custom Docker container image using Windows Admin Center, upload that to an Azure Container registry and deploy it to our Azure Kubernetes Service cluster.


 


 


In the video, we have a quick intro about Windows and Hyper-V containers in general. After that, we are using Windows Admin Center with the new Container Extension to manage our Windows Server container host and create a new Docker container image.


 


Windows Admin Center Container Extension and Windows Server Container Host


 

 @Vinicius Apolinario and his team just released a new version of the container extension for Windows Admin Center in November 2020, which will help you to simply create a new Windows Server container host. You can find more about the latest new features here.

 

 


Create a new Docker Container Image using Windows Admin Center


You can use the Windows Admin Center Container extension to create a new Docker container image. This will help you to easily create the necessary basic Docker file for your container image.


Create a new Docker Container Image using Windows Admin CenterCreate a new Docker Container Image using Windows Admin Center


 


Push Windows Container Image to Azure Container Registry


After you have created your custom container image, you can now upload it to your container registry. This can be an Azure Container Registry (ACR) or another container registry you want to use.


 


Push Container image to ACRPush Container image to ACR


 


You can now find your container image on your container registry.


 


 


Azure Container Registry ACRAzure Container Registry ACR


Now you can deploy your Windows Server container image to your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster or other container offerings on Azure, AKS on Azure Stack HCI, Azure Stack Hub, or any other container platform which has access to the ACR.


 


Windows Server Containers on AKSWindows Server Containers on AKS


 


I hope this blog was helpful to show some of the tooling available to modernize Windows Server applications on Microsoft Azure using Containers with Windows Admin Center and AKS! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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