Docker Desktop won't start on Windows Server 2019

I’m trying to get Docker Desktop to start up on a virtual server running Windows Server 2019.

Unfortunately, it won’t start and reports this error in the log file:
[09:45:28.822][LifecycleClient ][Info ] Waiting for lifecycle-server for up to 00:03:00
and then this over and over:
[09:47:13.030][LifecycleClient ][Info ] Lifecycle-server is still down, will retry in 1s
[09:47:14.083][LifecycleClient ][Error ] HttpOS Client: Exception:The semaphore timeout period has expired.

I tried updating the “lifecycleTimeoutSeconds” in my C:\Users<user>\AppData\Roaming\Docker directory. I changed it to from 180 to a higher value and that still doesn’t fix the issue.

Does Docker Desktop even work on Windows Server 2019 standard edition? I can’t find any documentation that clearly says yes or no. Everything seems to indicate that I need Docker Engine - Enterprise.

If it’s supposed to work, what could be causing the timeout?

Docker Desktop can not be installed on windows sever.

Docker Enterprise is free with Windows 2016 and 2019.

Install it using Powershell. Look at this link: