Virtualbox Docker Windows 10

We are using Docker containers and Vagrant + VirtualBox virtual machines in Windows 10 (now 20H2). Would be very convenient to make both parties (Docker+WSL2 and VirtualBox) working together on same machine. Docker And Virtualbox Windows 10 Images! Simple art pictures Download free images, photos, pictures, wallpaper and use it. Jul 21, 2017 Docker for Windows uses Hyper-V. Having Hyper-V installed prevents you from running VirtualBox or VMWare VMs. Here's a workaround. If you’re using Docker on Windows and have Windows 10 Pro then you’re probably using Docker for Windows as it’ll provide you the best Docker experience out of the box. But you’ve probably noticed that you.

By Al Crowley, TCG Principal Engineer

Running Docker containers on a Windows 10 PC has been difficult for the last few years. It’s even more difficult if you want to run VirtualBox virtual machines (VM) at the same time. A casual Google search will turn up droves of postings saying that you absolutely can not do both at once.

The problem is that Docker on Windows required you to enable the Hyper‑V hypervisor but VirtualBox 5.x will not run while Hype‑V is active. The docker+VM on Windows OS question has been asked and answered so many times over the years that search results are flooded with the same outdated answer: No, you can’t have both. For some of us, this gets further complicated by people saying you can’t even use Hyper‑V at all on the Windows 10 Home version. Well, things are changing — but you have to really dig deep on the web to get the info you need to make it happen.

Virtualbox windows 10 guest docker

Two recent changes have turned things around. First, VirtualBox 6 has an ‘experimental’ support for Hyper‑V. Second, the upcoming Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2 fully supports docker using Hyper‑V, even on Windows Home edition.


Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is really great for developers who want to install Windows on their PC. It allows you to install a Linux as a peer operating system to Windows that you can easily access through a Linux terminal. WSL version 1 did have some limitations though. A big one for me is that the system call emulation layer Microsoft provides could not support Docker.

WSL2 is big update—faster file system, support for directly running the Linux kernel on Hyper‑V. It is scheduled for the “20H1” update that will be released in the spring of 2020—but you can get it now if you join the Windows Insider program. Instructions for that are found in the Windows Insider Program User Guide. Once you have an updated version of Windows, install of WSL2 is easy enough if you follow the instructions on Microsoft’s website.

VirtualBox 6
Installing VirtualBox 6 is simple and you can find the install on the VirtualBox download page. It can be a little tricky to get some VMs running now that you have Hyper‑V enabled. For me, when I tried to restart an old VM, or create a new one using the defaults, I would get an error right away.

To get your VMs working, you will need to go into the VM settings, choose the System section, go into the Acceleration tab, and select Hyper‑V as the Paravirtualization Interface. You may also have to disable the I/O APC checkbox on the Motherboard tab. I’ve found some guest OS crash with it checked, but if it works for you, then leave it as is. THEN, you need to add an obscure setting to the .vbox file associated with your VM image:

I found that tip about the UseRing0Runloop setting on a forum posting that I was lucky enough to stumble upon.

This is working for my setup. Running with these beta test level features does have a few downsides. The VirtualBox VM performance is noticeably slower running this way. It is also a little unstable and you will get intermittent guest OS crashing that you didn’t have before. That’s ok for me since I’m using this for development work so it’s easy enough to restart the VM when it happens. On the WSL side, version 2 is a big improvement. Anything that touches the filesystem is much, much faster. Then we have Docker support, of course, which is why I went through all this in the first place. Unfortunately, I am seeing that some base container images will crash on Docker. I’ve found Centos to be problematic, but Ubuntu works without a problem. Microsoft is still working on WSL2 and judging by the forums, container support is getting better.

Virtualbox Docker Windows 10

This is most definitely not a good fit for most people, but for me, this is an improvement over my old setup. The instability is a little annoying at times. As of right now, January 2020, every component is still in development: Fast ring Insider version of Windows 10, beta version of WSL2, and experimental support for Hyper‑V in VirtualBox. With that said, I’ve been able to do things with Docker containers and WSL that were just not possible a few months ago—and I really like that.

For many years in a row I used to have a VirtualBox machine where I concentrated all my development tools.

But now with Windows 10 much more stable than previous versions and docker fully available to create development containers, I decided to switch back to Windows + WLS (Windows Linux Subsystem) + Docker for my development stack.

I can keep most of the environment configuration in a version control system and in case I need to change to another machine, it would not be so time consuming.

Docker on Windows requires you to enable Hyper-V, that is a virtualization platform include in Windows. When you install Docker on Windows it will ask you to do so and warn that your VirtualBox virtual machines will stop working.

The problem is that I needed to have both in order to do the transition. I need to be sure that I ported all services that I had in the virtual machine to the Windows Linux Subsystem.

You can install Docker Toolbox in order to run both at the same time or take a different path: enable and disable Hyper-V when you need each technology!

I decided to follow the former.

To use Docker, enable Hyper-V

Install Docker Virtualbox Windows 10

To use VirtualBox again: disable Hyper-V.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to reboot your machine every time you run this command.

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