Posted by: kurtsh | May 24, 2019

BETA: Windows Server containers support in Azure Kubernetes Service [Preview]

As announced earlier, we’ve announced the availability of the “preview” of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS):

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for the latest versions, 1.13.5 and 1.14.0.  With this, Windows Server containers can now be deployed and orchestrated in AKS enabling new paths to migrate and modernize Windows Server applications in Azure.

Our customers have applications running on Linux and on Windows. The ability to manage Windows and Linux containers side by side in the same Kubernetes cluster with the exact same APIs, tools and support is what you have been asking us to support, which opens an abundance of new scenarios. For example, you can now add Windows node pools to existing Virtual Network; or deploy a Linux container running a reverse proxy or Redis cache and an IIS application in a Windows container in the same Kubernetes cluster and even as part of the same application – all with consistent monitoring experience and deployment pipelines.

Running Windows Server containers in AKS (preview) also means you can keep taking advantage of many existing Azure services and features that are helping make Kubernetes application development and management much easier, such as:

  • Manage the lifecycle of Linux and Windows containers easily through Azure Container Registry, which pre-stages all container base images. To reduce network latency or meet rigorous compliance needs, Container Registry can automatically geo-replicate the container images to the data center close to where your users are.
  • Deliver applications faster on any OS with a standardized deployment pipeline. Azure DevOps integration with AKS helps automate validation, testing, canary and ultimately production easily in just a few steps.
  • Gain insights into the performance and health of your Kubernetes cluster and workloads with a comprehensive monitoring experience using Azure Monitor.

Read more from the Azure blog announcement here:


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