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ArcGIS Notebook Server 11.3 Now Supports Docker Engine Installed from Binaries on Windows

At ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3, customers deploying ArcGIS Notebook Server with Windows containers now have a free, open-source container engine option: Docker Engine from binaries.

Behind the scenes, ArcGIS Notebook Server uses container engine technology to package and run ArcGIS Notebooks. You can think of “containers” as virtualized operating systems that provide a secure, isolated environment for each notebook author to write and run their Python code. These containers are managed and allocated by container engine software, the choice of which depends on your operating system (Windows or Linux).

Options for container engine software

If you are a Windows shop, there are now two options for container engine software:

Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR)

Docker Engine from binaries

Important note for Docker installation

When installing Docker Engine from binaries, it is important to be aware that there are no automatic updates available. As a user, you will be responsible for manually updating to newer versions of Docker. Additionally, we recommend reviewing here the limitations of using Docker from binaries in production environments.

Although this page does direct you to using Docker Desktop, ArcGIS Notebook Server with Windows containers does not support the use of Docker Desktop on Windows as a container engine.

We hope that this new container engine option and this brief comparison is helpful for our Notebook Server customers who use Windows containers. Let us know if you have any questions in the ArcGIS Notebooks Community.

For more information and additional details on ArcGIS Notebook Server 11.3 enhancements, refer to the What’s New in ArcGIS Notebook Server documentation.

About the authors

Nick Giner is a Product Manager for Spatial Analysis and Data Science. Prior to joining Esri in 2014, he completed Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Geography from Penn State University and Clark University, respectively. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar, golf, cook, cut the grass, and read/watch shows about history.


Mariia is a Product Marketing Manager on Esri's Spatial Analytics & Data Science team, with a background in Marketing and Business Development.

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