Map Windows host location to Linux container in Docker

I’ve been working more with Docker on a Windows PC lately. With the more recent versions of Docker, the application runs much better and there is task bar control panel for managing the processes. If you are interested in trying out Docker and don’t have a Linux machine to work with, go download the Windows Stable Community edition which was recently updated to 17.09.0.

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NAT:HNS error with Docker SQL Server container on Windows10

As with many things I post here, this article was the result of a problem I encountered, and how to resolve or work around it. I have been working with Docker on Windows and was attempting to run a container provided by Microsoft that included SQL Server. The process is fairly easy, just pull the image and run it with the appropriate command options. Unfortunately, that didn’t work. When I used the supplied command to run the container, I would get this error message:

Error response from daemon: failed to create endpoint <container name> on network nat: HNS failed with error. Unspecified error.

I spent several hours working this out over the past few days, doing web searches and trying various ideas. Lots of people experiencing the problem, but no solutions. Eventually I figured out a solution. Hopefully this helps someone else. The error above I found out indicates a problem with the default ‘nat’ network that Docker creates when you install it.  By using the default NAT network, you basically have a private network on your docker host.

You can attempt to delete that network by opening PowerShell as Administrator. (Microsoft has a good write-up on networking for Windows containers here.) Enter the following command to see a list of the virtual networks defined on your PC:


Stop Docker using the whale icon on your notification area, by right clicking on the whale and choosing Quit Docker from the menu. Then run this command:


Enter “Y” at the prompt to remove all networks. Now restart Docker.  If this doesn’t work for you, read on.

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Microsoft SQL Server on Docker (part 2) – Use AdventureWorks

sql_on_dockerIn part one of this series, I provided some info on Microsoft’s implementation of Sql Server on Docker and provided a method to have your SQL Server databases saved on your Docker host system so that they would remain persistent if the SQL Server container was shutdown. This time around, we’ll look at how to restore Microsoft’s sample database AdventureWorks to your SQL Server container.


If you followed my instructions from part 1 of this article you have a SQL Server container up and running with a data folder on your Docker host. Within that folder, you have several subfolders that SQL Server uses. You need to download a copy of AdventureWorks and save it in that folder. There are multiple versions available, as Microsoft provides a new version with every upgrade to SQL Server. The 2014 version should work fine for this purpose (If you download the 2016CTP version the restore command below will not work because that version includes FILESTREAM as part of the backup. An addition MOVE command needs to be supplied to include that in the RESTORE). Go to this website, and download Adventure Works 2014 Full Database I renamed the file to just to make it easier to transfer to my Docker host system and used scp to transfer it: Continue reading

Microsoft SQL Server on Docker (part 1)

sql_on_dockerAfter last week’s announcement that Microsoft has released a Public Preview version of SQL Server that would run on Linux platforms (currently Ubuntu 16.04 and Red Hat Enterprise 7.2), I wondered if a Docker version was going to be made available as well. Checking out Microsoft’s SQL Server v.Next website, I quickly saw that Lo and behold! there was! As I stated previously, a good portion of my professional career has been spent working with Microsoft SQL Server and a lot of my spare time is spent experimenting with Linux and Open Source applications. The merging of the two is hugely exciting to me and the ability to run SQL Server in a Docker container is amazing!

Previous Docker containers of Microsoft products have been a mixed bag of requirements. Some required you to run the Docker engine on a Windows platform in order for it to work, while others could be run on different Linux variants. Even the previously released version of SQL Server Express, the free version of SQL would only work on Windows hosted containers. But so far it seems with this version of SQL Server, Microsoft may be starting to explore the open source world possibilities.

There are some caveats though:

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