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Running SQL Server on a Windows Container

Jamie Wick takes us through the less-trodden path:

SQL Server containers are gaining popularity as a way of enhancing and standardizing development environments for Windows & Linux based SQL databases. SQL containers allow developers to have their ‘own’ dedicated copy of a database, usually without the need for extensive server infrastructures. Additionally, a single computer can host multiple containers, each with a different edition/version of SQL Server. This allows the user to quickly switch between environments, without the need to reinstall. Currently, a popular option for implementing containers on Windows-based computers uses Docker.

For those not familiar with containerization, here is a Microsoft article on Windows containers.

I’d definitely prefer to use Linux containers, even on Windows machines. But if Windows-based containers is your thing (or you need to use them for some reason), Jamie’s got you covered.