Docker With Windows Host and WSL2

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Description:

So I did a PC refresh the other day and wanted to move from VirtualBox to using only WSL2. I then went to setup Plex in a container in WSL2 which I then changed later but here is what I initially did to get Docker on Windows. Pretty much just followed the official docs

To Resolve:

  1. Make your user a member of the local administrator group or you will have issues with named pipes

  2. Upgrade Windows to v2004 via Creator Tool.

  3. Setup WSL2:

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    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName "Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux" # Mine was already enabled
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName "VirtualMachinePlatform"
    
    wsl --set-default-version 2
    
    # install / launch Ubuntu
    # create user/pass
    apt-get update -y && apt-get upgrade -y
    
    #close and reopen powershell
    wsl -l -v
       NAME      STATE           VERSION
       * Legacy    Stopped         1
       Ubuntu    Running         1
    wsl --set-version Ubuntu 2
    wsl --set-default-version 2
    wsl --set-default ubuntu
    
  4. Download docker

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    # launch docker installer
    # Open VSCode
    wsl
    code .
    # this will automatically detect/install Docker
    cd /mnt/c/scripts
    git clone https://github.com/docker/getting-started.git
    cd getting-started
    docker build -t docker01tutorial .
    docker run -d -p 80:80 --name docker-tutorial docker01tutorial
       
    # the next steps won't work from VSCode but will from the Docker Desktop app since you can sign into Docker Hub there and it will work
    # from the GUI of the application
    docker tag docker101tutorial username/docker101tutorial
    docker push username/docker101tutorial
    
  5. At this point, you can open a browser to http://localhost and it will redirect to localhost/tutorial on your Windows machine. You could even port forward your external IP to your windows host and it would work.

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