How to Setup Docker Compose on Windows Server in Azure/AWS/GCP

To run the Docker Compose on Windows Server in Azure, AWS or GCP, the best way is to install the Docker Compose Windows image from the marketplace.  It comes fully configured as per the requirements to run Docker Compose in the cloud. Click on the links below to deploy into your environments

Docker Compose Windows

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Getting Started with Docker Compose Windows

RDP into new server


Once you have deployed Docker Compose on Windows server, the first step is to RDP into the new instance once it has fully booted up.  The following links explain how to connect the VM once it has finished being deployed:



Once logged in, you’re now ready to start setting up your new server as per the following sections.

Using Docker Compose

Test Docker Compose - Check Version

Open up a command prompt or Powershell session and run the following command from to confirm Docker Compose is installed:

					docker-compose -version

Or try the following, depending on the version of Docker Compose installed:

					docker compose version

The Docker Compose version should be displayed.



Install Docker Engine

In order to run Docker Compose we need to install Docker Engine. Run the following PowerShell commands from an Elevated (Right click run as Administrator) Powershell command

					[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12

Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -RequiredVersion -Force

Install-Module DockerMsftProvider -Force

Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing "" -o install-docker-ce.ps1

.\install-docker-ce.ps1 -Force

The server will then automatically reboot. Log back in and wait for the script to finish loading.

Build Windows Docker Compose Hello World Container

As a test, you can build a Hello World Windows Docker Container, by first creating a folder on your c:\ drive. In my example i will create a folder called c:\project.


In this folder create a yaml file called docker-compose.yaml


Open up the docker-compose.yaml in notepad and add the following config:

On Versions running Docker Compose on Windows Server 2016

					version: "3"
    image: hello-world:nanoserver-sac2016
     - default
            name: nat

On Versions running Docker Compose on Windows Server 2019 / 2022

					version: "3"
    image: hello-world:nanoserver
     - default
            name: nat

Build and Run Docker Hello World App

Using an elevated (Right-click run as Administrator) Windows Powershell or Windows Command line, make sure the location is where your project folder is c:\project


Run the following command to build your test app:

					docker-compose up

Or if you’re using Compose V2, try the following command:

					docker compose up

And you should see the following message:

					PS C:\test> docker-compose up
Pulling webserver (hello-world:nanoserver-sac2016)...
nanoserver-sac2016: Pulling from library/hello-world
bce2fbc256ea: Pull complete
6f2071dcd729: Pull complete
909cdbafc9e1: Pull complete
a43e426cc5c9: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:878fd913010d26613319ec7cc83b400cb92113c314da324681d9fecfb5082edc
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:nanoserver-sac2016
Creating test_webserver_1 ... done
Attaching to test_webserver_1
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  | Hello from Docker!
webserver_1  | This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  | To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
webserver_1  |  1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
webserver_1  |  2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
webserver_1  |     (windows-amd64, nanoserver-sac2016)
webserver_1  |  3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
webserver_1  |     executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
webserver_1  |  4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
webserver_1  |     to your terminal.
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  | To try something more ambitious, you can run a Windows Server container with:
webserver_1  |  PS C:\> docker run -it powershell
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  | Share images, automate workflows, and more with a free Docker ID:
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  | For more examples and ideas, visit:
webserver_1  |
webserver_1  |
test_webserver_1 exited with code 0


Please refer to Dockers documentation on how to use Docker Compose


Any questions regarding the installation of this solution, please leave a comment below or contact us and we will assist as much as we can to help you get Docker up and running in your environment.


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Andrew Fitzgerald

Cloud Solution Architect. Helping customers transform their business to the cloud. 20 years experience working in complex infrastructure environments and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert on everything Cloud.

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