I am a regular user of Docker since a few years and I have the Docker service installed and running locally on my Win10Pro host. It works well. Now I want to get started with Kubernetes so I used the gcloud command-line installation to install Kubernetes and got the following message:

WARNING: There are older versions of Google Cloud Platform tools on your system PATH. Please remove the following to avoid accidentally invoking these old tools:

C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe

Looks like my Docker installation brought in another version of kubectl which Google advises me to delete. Should I really just delete the file from my Docker installation?

There appears to be two versions of kubectl.exe installed now, one which came with Docker and one which I just installed from Google. Kubernetes in the Docker GUI is not enabled. Should I enable it in the Docker settings GUI?

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After a while I tried to install Minikube and start it which results in the following output:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>minikube start
* minikube v1.5.2 on Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 10.0.17763 Build 17763
E1114 05:07:00.856628    3836 driver_windows.go:74] Can't find VirtualBox registry entries, is VirtualBox really installed properly? The system cannot find the file specified.
* Automatically selected the 'hyperv' driver
* Creating hyperv VM (CPUs=2, Memory=2000MB, Disk=20000MB) ...
* Preparing Kubernetes v1.16.2 on Docker '18.09.9' ...
* Pulling images ...
* Launching Kubernetes ...
* Waiting for: apiserver
* Done! kubectl is now configured to use "minikube"
! C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe is version 1.14.7, and is incompatible with Kubernetes 1.16.2. You will need to update C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe or use 'minikube kubectl' to connect with this cluster


But despite the above message, I can run and expose a service as expected:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>kubectl create deployment hello-minikube --image=k8s.gcr.io/echoserver:1.10
deployment.apps/hello-minikube created

C:\WINDOWS\system32>kubectl expose deployment hello-minikube --type=NodePort --port=8080
service/hello-minikube exposed

C:\WINDOWS\system32>kubectl get pod
NAME                              READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
hello-minikube-797f975945-tj4g6   1/1     Running   0          13s

C:\WINDOWS\system32>minikube service hello-minikube --url


The service does show its output at the above url. Do you think that my installation and configuration of Kubernetes is alright or is there something that I need to fix? Did I do this correctly?

I did not remove the kubectl.exe from the Docker installation and I installed Minikube without being adviced to do it but it seems correct. What's peculiar is that the client and the server now show different versions:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>kubectl version
Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"14", GitVersion:"v1.14.7", GitCommit:"8fca2ec50a6133511b771a11559e24191b1aa2b4", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-09-18T14:47:22Z", GoVersion:"go1.12.9", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"windows/amd64"}
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"16", GitVersion:"v1.16.2", GitCommit:"c97fe5036ef3df2967d086711e6c0c405941e14b", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-10-15T19:09:08Z", GoVersion:"go1.12.10", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}


You probably don't want to delete the file, just remove it from your path. You will need to look through your System and Account environment variables and look for PATH and remove C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\.

There is a good chance it that that will just work, I have both Docker Desktop and gcloud installed on this computer and I don't have the folder above in my PATH and both products work just fine without any warnings about old tools hanging about.

If you do continue to run into problems, for example with MiniKube, it can be helpful to use the Get-Command PowerShell command to figure out which executable is getting called:

Get-Command kubectl | Format-List

Will give you the full path to the executable that would be run if you issued the command kubectl:

Name            : kubectl.exe
CommandType     : Application
Definition      : C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe
Extension       : .exe
Path            : C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe
FileVersionInfo : File:             C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\kubectl.exe
                  Debug:            False
                  Patched:          False
                  PreRelease:       False
                  PrivateBuild:     False
                  SpecialBuild:     False

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