Sunday, October 21, 2018

Setup Microsoft SQL Developer environment in a few minutes using Docker

Let's say you have Windows 10 PC and would like to setup Microsoft SQL for the development and testing.

#Download the installer and install Docker for Windows
(Caution: This is not for the production environment. It is only for the development and testing.)

#Switch Docker to Windows container after the install
#It is easy switch. Find the Docker tray icon in the task bar> right click > Switch to Windows Container

#To pull docker image from docker hub
#Use Windows PowerShell to run the Docker commands
docker pull microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer

#For details:

#To run the container using the pulled image
docker run -d -p 1433:1433 -e sa_password=Password1! -e ACCEPT_EULA=Y microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer

#Above Docker command maps container port 1433 to host port 1433. Thus, host IP address or gateway.docker.internal can be used in SSMS to gain access to the database. Credentials: Local Authentication, sa username and Password1! for the password.

#Download and install SSMS from

#More on Docker Networking features at

#To check the currently running containers
docker ps

#To list the containers
docker container ls -all

#To view an IP of a docker container
docker inspect –format='{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}’ 

#To stop the container
docker container stop

#To start the container
docker container start

#To remove the cotainer
docker rm

#To list the docker images
docker image ls

#For more docker commands, refer to

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