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Public preview: AKS support for containerd for Windows server containers

Published date: May 25, 2021

Containerd is an industry-standard container runtime. Using containerd enhances pod creation speed as well as stability. Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) now supports containerd for Windows server containers. This is available for Kubernetes version 1.20 and higher.

During public preview, user will be able to create containerd cluster or add containerd supported node pools onto an existing cluster. Once Windows containerd support is generally available, it will become the only supported container runtime for Windows server containers on AKS.  Current users are encouraged to use the preview period to test their workloads on containerd node pools to ensure a smooth transition.  

Windows containerd support on AKS is available in across all regions.

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  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
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