lab playground

Docker Windows Containers Playground

Up to 2h
Free playExplore without specific objectives or guided instruction.
Real-world experiencePractice in a live, pre-configured sandbox environment.


Docker is the container platform of choice for many organizations. The same Docker containers that revolutionized the way applications were deployed on Linux are also available on Windows since Windows Server 2016. The same CLI experience used for Docker running on Linux systems seamlessly carries over to Docker running on Windows systems. Cloud Academy provides a wide variety of training content to help you boost your skills with Docker. This Docker playground supplements that content by providing you with a ready-to-use Docker Windows installation. The playground provides full access to an instance with docker already installed and running. You have full access to the underlying host as well.

The playground is a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions all without the need to install any software on your local machine. The extended duration of this playground provides you with ample time to play to your heart's content. Have fun in the playground!

Intended Audience

This lab playground is intended for:

  • Anyone working with Docker Windows containers or interested in getting started
  • Site Reliability Engineers (SREs)
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Operations Engineers
  • Full Stack Developers


There are no prerequisites for this lab playground.


May 26th, 2023 - Resolved environment error

April 29, 2020 - Added a check function to validate that a student used the Windows VM at least once

About the author

Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
Learning paths

Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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Lab steps

Connecting to the Playground's Windows Docker Host