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–net=Host option not recognized under Windows 2016 CTP4

Hi again,

After docker on Linux, I was playing with the new Windows containers using docker engine.

Before starting, I explain quickly my environment; I have deployed a virtual machine based on Windows Server Core CTP4 and I deployed the containers feature on it. By default the script used to provision a container host “Install-ContainerHost.ps1” creates a virtual switch named Virtual Switch using the NAT connection type; finally this feature is available! Before, we was obliged to use the routing services into an other virtual machine for example.


On Linux I was able to create my containers using the same network stack as my host. So I had just to create ports forwarding rules from my host to my container. To achieve this goal we use –net=Host option.

I created a container from the WindowsServerCore image using this command:


However this option is not accepted. How to configure my docker network?

Under Windows, a file named “runDockerDaemon.cmd” located under c:\ProgramData\docker folder defines the default VSwitch to use when creating containers.


As expected, the “Virtual Switch” switch is defined by default. If you want to use an external vswitch, you have just to define it in the runDockerDaemon file.

@echo off
set certs=%ProgramData%\docker\certs.d

if exist %ProgramData%\docker (goto :run)
mkdir %ProgramData%\docker

if exist %certs%\server-cert.pem (if exist %ProgramData%\docker\tag.txt (goto :secure))

docker daemon -D -b “Virtual Switch”
goto :eof

docker daemon -D -b “Virtual Switch” -H –tlsverify –tlscacert=%certs%\ca.pem –tlscert=%certs%\server-cert.pem –tlskey=%certs%\server-key.pem

According to Microsoft, “Each container needs to be attached to a virtual switch in order to communicate over a network. A virtual switch is created with the New-VMSwitch command. Containers support a virtual switch with type External or NAT"

I think that with VSwitches containers manage their own networks stacks. An overhead is created consequently. Under Linux, we can bypass this layer and use the host network stack directly.


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