I've installed docker engine according to the following instructions: https://docs.docker.com/engine/install/binaries/#install-server-and-client-binaries-on-windows

I'm trying to run Linux containers on Windows 11, without Docker Desktop:

PS C:\> docker run -d -p 80:80 docker/getting-started
Unable to find image 'docker/getting-started:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from docker/getting-started
docker: no matching manifest for windows/amd64 10.0.22000 in the manifest list entries.
See 'docker run --help'.

I believe I'm getting the above error because dockerd is configured for Windows containers:

PS C:\> docker info  -f '{{.OSType}}/{{.Architecture}}'

I've tried to use DockerCli.exe -SwitchLinuxEngine however it doesn't seem to have been installed:

PS C:\> DockerCli.exe
DockerCli.exe : The term 'DockerCli.exe' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet ...

How can I switch to Linux containers?

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    From the note inside the provided link: The following section describes how to install the Docker daemon on Windows Server which allows you to run Windows containers only.
    – igiannak
    Aug 26, 2022 at 4:27
  • I'm able to run Windows containers just fine. I need help with Linux containers.
    – Craig
    Aug 29, 2022 at 9:43
  • you can't run Linux containers with Docker Binary Installation. Check your provided link.
    – igiannak
    Aug 31, 2022 at 7:18
  • I guess my question is not phrased very well, or maybe I'm asking the wrong question altogether. I'll collect my thoughts and be back...
    – Craig
    Sep 1, 2022 at 11:31

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Using the following guide, I'm able to use docker on Windows without Docker Desktop. It may not be exactly true to my original question but meets my use case. https://dev.to/bowmanjd/install-docker-on-windows-wsl-without-docker-desktop-34m9

Summarising the guide (in case it disappears from the internet):

I won't accept my own answer for now, in the hope that someone finds a better way

  • I think the best way to run Linux container in Windows without Docker Desktop is by running it within WSL2 as you have mentioned.
    – WMRamadan
    Sep 1, 2022 at 23:16

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