I am new for Docker but not new in development - ages of work inside Visual Studio.
I am in the process of preparing dev environment for the upcoming development that would require publishing to docker containers.
After reading everything I could find - both in docker community and in visual studio community - I am lost and seeking suggestions.
- Myself and half of my coworkers do development inside VM.
I have Windows 10 laptop as a host but I am using it just to power up needed VM. I am using VMWare for my VMs. No development tools EVER are planned to be installed directly on the host.
And the last thing on earth I would do is to buy a standalone laptop and configure and maintain a full dev environment for occasional docker related project.
Plus, using VMs for our team members have been a successful and useful choice - some of us have dev VMs hosted on ESXi server and can have very tiny laptops.
- The current OS for the VM guest is Windows 2008 R2. Some of my coworkers are already on Windows 10 (physcial machines) and Windows 10 (as VM guests).
It is a bit outdated but was OK up until this point.
I can build the new Windows 10 Pro VM from scratch or upgrade my server OS from 2008 R2 to 2019. That is my preference - since there is the upgrade path keeping everything I have. Plus it allows more complex development scenarios with tools deployable only on server OS (SQL Server 2016+ etc.). And for last 10 years I managed to keep one consistent primary development machine supporting multiple projects I am normally involved with.
- Our ONLY development tool is Visual Studio and our deployment targets .Net Framework (95%) and .Net Core (5%) - don’t need to be concerned about Macs or Linux targets.
Visual Studio we are migrating to is v.2019. It has all container development support tools BUT requires Docker Desktop for Windows.
- I am not concerned about issues surrounding actual prod deployment. It is taken care of. My question is
100% related to a local dev environment.
Q1. Can I use local docker dev tools (compatible with VS 2019) inside dev VM?
Q2. Will I be able to do so if my dev OS is the Windows Server 2019?
Appreciate any help and suggestions.