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Installing and Running Applications with Docker Enterprise Universal Control Plane (UCP)

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The Universal Control Plane (UCP) is a web-based component of Docker Enterprise for unified cluster and application management. It is the main point of interaction for Docker Enterprise users and the point of integration for applications. UCP extends Docker Enterprise by providing a web interface, identity management, security, and other additional services beneficial to enterprises.

In this lab, you will learn how to install UCP onto bare Docker hosts to create a multi-node installation from the ground up. You will also learn how to deploy applications onto the UCP cluster you create using the web interface.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install Universal Control Plane (UCP)
  • Join new nodes to the UCP cluster
  • Deploy Docker container applications using the UCP web interface
  • Monitor and inspect resources in a UCP cluster using the web interface

Intended Audience

  • Docker Enterprise users
  • Those evaluating enterprise container orchestration platforms
  • Docker Certified Associate (DCA) exam candidates


You should be familiar with:

  • Docker and the Docker CLI
  • Docker swarm mode fundamentals including manager and worker nodes

The following Cloud Academy content can help you meet the prerequisites if necessary:


October 4th, 2022 - Updated the lab to use the Cloud Academy Web Terminal

July 18th, 2022 - Resolved UCP installation issue

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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

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Logging In to the Azure CLI in the Web Terminal
Installing Universal Control Plane (UCP) on a Docker Host
Adding a Worker to the UCP Managed Swarm
Deploying Docker Applications with UCP