SQL Server in Kubernetes on Docker for Windows

Last week Docker announced a feature that I’ve been looking forward to for a while: –

And sure enough, when I opened Docker for Windows, there was the update: –

Let’s run through the steps to get this setup. First of all, enable the feature in settings: –

Once installed, you’ll be able to confirm that Kubernetes is up and running: –

Awesome stuff, but how do we interact with it?

Now, if this is the first time working with Kubernetes you won’t have to perform the next couple of steps but just to confirm, run the following: –

kubectl config current-context

If your shell cannot find the kubectl command, add
C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\
to your PATH environment variable and restart your shell.

If the command outputs anything other than docker-for-desktop you will need to switch to the desktop cluster. To do this run: –

kubectl config use-context docker-for-desktop

In the above screenshot I switched from my mySQLK8sCluster1 (my AKS cluster) to docker-for-desktop and then ran: –

kubectl get nodes

Now we are ready to go and build a pod running SQL Server in Kubernetes on Docker for Windows πŸ™‚

So in C:\temp create a file called sqlserver.yml and drop in: –

apiVersion: apps/v1beta1
kind: Deployment
  name: sqlserver
    app: sqlserver
  replicas: 1
        name: sqlserver
      - name: sqlserver
        image: microsoft/mssql-server-linux:latest
        - containerPort: 1433
        - name: SA_PASSWORD
          value: "Testing1122"
        - name: ACCEPT_EULA
          value: "Y"
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
  name: sqlserver-service
  - name: sqlserver
    port: 1433
    targetPort: 1433
    name: sqlserver
  type: LoadBalancer

This is a very simple .yml file to create one pod running SQL Server. To create the pod: –

kubectl create -f C:\temp\sqlserver.yml

kubectl get pods

And boom! There we have a pod running SQL Server.

But how are we going to connect to it? OK, the second part of the yaml file defined a service which exposes an endpoint to allow us to connect. We can see the service by running: –

kubectl get services

The service we created is exposed on localhost ( so we can use that and the port number specified in the yaml file (1433 in this example).

And boom! We are connected πŸ™‚

We can also remote into the pod and verify that SQL is up and running: –

kubectl exec -it sqlserver /bin/bash

ps aux | grep sql

And there’s SQL running in the pod! Cool!

Thanks for reading!

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