I am attempting to use Active Directory authentication with SQL Server on Linux running inside the official MSFT Docker container for MSSQL (https://hub.docker.com/_/microsoft-mssql-server)

I am in the midst of working through this tutorial, but I heard from a coworker that it wouldn't work in a container. He did not say why. He did say which particular step he was doubtful about ('Join SQL Server host to AD domain')


Is there any reason why I can't complete the 'Join SQL Server host to AD domain' step if I'm using containers?

  • Were you successful, and if so how did you test it, perhaps with some kind of impersonation ?
    – Davos
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 12:03

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You absolutely can do this. However, you will need to make sure that the following is happening:

  • Setup the Docker host on the MSSQL computer in such a way that it can reach the AD server. Using a bridge network may help (especially if you are using Docker for Windows). If using Docker Toolkit you may need to look into a solution like port forwarding.
  • Commit your configuration changes to a new Docker image. This will allow you to move the MSSQL container to a new computer or even run it with Kubernetes/Orchestration tooling.
  • Map your MSSQL container to a Volume for persistence. Otherwise the data in the container will be eliminated between container restarts.

As per the attached document, I see no issue with executing this task. The one thing that you need to do update your container with a configuration that is needed to reach AD server.

That means those changes can be done in live SQL server container and committed or add to a Dockerfile and build.

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