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  • Question

  • I work with several software engineering groups and want to have their workflow happen inside of Docker containers.  One of their artifacts requires block storage.  Their workflow utilizes diskpart to create a virtual hard disk, mount the disk, create partitions, formats partitions, then adds files.

    However I am unable to get diskpart or powershell disk commands to properly run inside of any docker container.  I have tried microsoft/windowsservercore, microsoft/windowsservercore:1709, & also microsoft/windowsservercore-insider with and without hyperv isolation.  

    Diskpart Error:

    "Virtual Disk Service error:
    The service failed to initialize."

    Powershell & Other Errors:

    "A virtual disk support provider for the specified file was not found"

    Any ideas on how to accomplish this?

    Friday, December 1, 2017 8:56 PM

All replies

  • I had a success with Virtual Hard Disk creation by utilizing qemu-img for Windows.  (  However I have not found a way to mount the virtual disks.  

    I've also been exploring Linux Containers On Windows (  The nbd kernel module is not included in the LCOW kernel for attaching devices.  I will be experimenting more with my own custom LCOW kernel using (

    Friday, December 1, 2017 9:02 PM
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    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 8:21 AM
  • Hi,

    Is there any update on running diskpart in dockers containers?


    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 3:14 AM
  • Aravind, 

    I doubt this is a priority for that particular team.  You might want to reach out to the EWDK contacts about requesting the feature.  I think there was an open bug sync ticket somewhere.

    Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:43 PM