Is it possible to run Docker containers without being logged in as a user on Windows? I have a few containers I am auto-deploying on a server, but I am currently stuck leaving a generic service account logged in so that the containers run and the docker daemon stays running.

My current setup works, but I feel like there must be a better way to deploy/run than to always have an account logged in.


  • Windows Server 2012 and 2016
  • No docker-desktop because of nested virtualization scenario requirement
  • Linux not an option due to business requirements
  • Did you create a Windows Scheduled task? In that service it is possible to click one 'user should not be logged on'. Does that work and would it be an option?
    – 030
    Dec 25, 2019 at 12:00
  • @030 The Windows Scheduled task still needed a user to login. The only way I've managed to get this to work is using Docker Windows, not the toolbox. The only thing I've found is a third party tool: coretechnologies.com/products/AlwaysUp/Apps/… Dec 26, 2019 at 12:53
  • Could you post an answer?
    – 030
    Dec 26, 2019 at 12:56
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    @030: I haven't found a non-commercial solution yet. Dec 26, 2019 at 13:33

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Docker can be set to run as a service, that should bypass the need to log in with a service account:

  1. dockerd.exe --register-service
  2. net start Docker
  3. sc config Docker start=auto


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