Understanding of license for using Docker on Windows Server 2016


  • Greetings,

    I want to use docker on Windows Server 2016. I have certain doubts about licensing on windows server, which I want to solve before moving to production.

    • Which license do I need to purchase for Windows Server to use Docker EE?
    • If I get Windows Server Datacenter edition license then what additional license do i need to get for using docker?
    • Is there any additional licensing for HyperV enabled windows server?
    • Do I need to take license of each nanoserver or sql server I use as Docker container?
    • Is there any Docker EE license needs to get or its complimentary with Windows Server 2016?
    • Who is going to provide support for Docker on windows? Microsoft or Docker.
    • What if I use Linux docker image on windows server? In this case who is going to provide support?
    • Which kind of support Microsoft is going to provide with above mentioned windows server license?


    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7:53 AM

All replies

  • Docker is not a Microsoft product.  For licensing  and support questions, you need to talk to Docker to understand how they license and support in the Windows environment.

    Hyper-V is a role that is part of Windows Server.  No additional licensing is required from Microsoft to enable the Hyper-V role.


    Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:15 PM
  • I can reach out to Docker for docker licensing but what about Microsoft's nano server?


    If I use nano server then do I need to purchase license for each nano server I have used inside docker container?


    If I use SQL server as docker container then do I need to purchase license for it from Microsoft?

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 6:06 AM
  • is where you can find information on Microsoft licensing.  This is a technical forum, not a legal forum (a license is a legal agreement between you and Microsoft).  If you to talk with someone about licensing, contact a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  Often your reseller will have one.  If not, contact Microsoft directly -


    Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:46 PM
  • FYI here is the container-specific licensing page

    Here is info on Docker's support packages.  As per the article here, we've partnered with Docker to provide enterprise support at no additional cost to Server 2016 customers.

    Here is the intro to developing with containers page and here is the intro to deploying apps on Azure with the Azure Container Service.

    In general, for containers questions you'll have better luck in the Windows Containers forum



    Friday, May 12, 2017 7:46 PM