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Silent install with WLS2

Hi there,

we’re building a Windows VM with Docker Desktop pre-installed. When we’re installing Docker through the GUI, there’s a checkbox to also install WSL2, so everything is happy.

However, we’re building VMs, so we want everything automated, and we want to do a Silent Install, as here:

however, it’s not clear if there’s a parameter to add WSL to the install, or will we have to do that in advance separately?

does anybody know if this is possible in the one step?

many thanks

Toby

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I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it through the docker installer, so I am just running
.\wsl.exe --install
in an Admin Powershell before I run the docker silent install.

I know this anwser is offtopic, as it does not explain how to enable WSL2 in generall. But that’s how I use Docker on Windows and still know everything works 100% like I am used to from Docker on Linux, which is not always the case with DfD.

I simply install Ubuntu 20.04 with wsl --install --distribution Ubuntu-20.04, enable systemd and then follow the docs to install docker-ce from docker’s repositories.