Today, we’re going to go through the process of turning a database you’ve built into a Docker container. Before we get started, here are the expectations:
1. I want a fully running copy of SQL Server with whatever database I’m using, as well as key components installed.
2. I want this not to be on a persistent volume. In other words, when I destroy the container and create a new one from my image, I want to reset back to the original state. I’m using this for technical demos, where I want to be at the same starting point each time.
3. I want this to be as easy as possible for users of my container. I consider the use of a container here as not particularly noteworthy in and of itself, so the more time I make people think trying to set up my demo environment, the more likely it is that people will simply give up.
With that preamble aside, let’s get to work!
As a bonus, you can finally learn my real thoughts on medieval France. Fun story around that: a much longer time ago than I’m willing to admit, I played a Hundred Years War scenario in Civilization 2, and the one thing I remember from that scenario is killing the Dauphin. After that, the script spawned a new claimant to the throne, who immediately attacked my troops and died. And then the script spawned yet another new claimant, who met the same fate within a couple turns. And then a third. If I remember correctly, I ran France out of claimants to the throne by the end of it.