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Deploy WebLogic docker images using Docker Toolbox and Virtual Box on Windows

I was interested to run Docker on my Windows machine and found out the Docker Toolbox for Windows that configure itself with the already installed VirtualBox at installation time.

Once installed, You can start the Docker QuickStart shell preconfigured for a Docker command-line environment. At startup time it will start a VM named default and will be ready to work with Docker.
Starting "default"...
(default) Check network to re-create if needed...
(default) Waiting for an IP...
Machine "default" was started.
Waiting for SSH to be available...
Detecting the provisioner...
Started machines may have new IP addresses. You may need to re-run the `docker-machine env` command.
Regenerate TLS machine certs? Warning: this is irreversible. (y/n): Regenerating TLS certificates
Waiting for SSH to be available...
Detecting the provisioner...
Copying certs to the local machine directory...
Copying certs to the remote machine...
Setting Docker configuration on the remote daemon...

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docker is configured to use the default machine with IP
For help getting started, check out the docs at

Start interactive shell
The “docker-machine env” displays the machine environment that has been created:
$ docker-machine env
export DOCKER_HOST="tcp://"
export DOCKER_CERT_PATH="C:\Users\PBR\.docker\machine\machines\default"
export DOCKER_MACHINE_NAME="default"
# Run this command to configure your shell:
# eval $("C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\docker-machine.exe" env)

Here is how to directly set the environment from it:

$ eval $("C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\docker-machine.exe" env)

Once the environment is set, it can be displayed as follow:

$ docker info
Containers: 9
Running: 0
Paused: 0
Stopped: 9
Images: 2
Server Version: 18.06.0-ce
Storage Driver: aufs
Root Dir: /mnt/sda1/var/lib/docker/aufs
Backing Filesystem: extfs
Dirs: 34
Dirperm1 Supported: true
Logging Driver: json-file
Cgroup Driver: cgroupfs
Volume: local
Network: bridge host macvlan null overlay
Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file logentries splunk syslog
Swarm: inactive
Runtimes: runc
Default Runtime: runc
Init Binary: docker-init
containerd version: d64c661f1d51c48782c9cec8fda7604785f93587
runc version: 69663f0bd4b60df09991c08812a60108003fa340
init version: fec3683
Security Options:
Profile: default
Kernel Version: 4.9.93-boot2docker
Operating System: Boot2Docker 18.06.0-ce (TCL 8.2.1); HEAD : 1f40eb2 - Thu Jul 19 18:48:09 UTC 2018
OSType: linux
Architecture: x86_64
CPUs: 1
Total Memory: 1.955GiB
Name: default
Docker Root Dir: /mnt/sda1/var/lib/docker
Debug Mode (client): false
Debug Mode (server): false
Username: pbrand
Experimental: false
Insecure Registries:
Live Restore Enabled: false

I will use a Docker image provided by Oracle on the Docker store: the Oracle WebLogic image. First I need to sign in to the Docker Store

docker login
Login with your Docker ID to push and pull images from Docker Hub. If you don't have a Docker ID, head over to to create one.
Username: pbrand
Login Succeeded

Then I can pull the Oracle WebLogic image

docker pull store/oracle/weblogic: Pulling from store/oracle/weblogic
9fd8609e6e4d: Pull complete
eac7b4a33e34: Pull complete
b6f7d13c859b: Pull complete
e0ca246b2272: Pull complete
7ba4d6bfba43: Pull complete
5e3b8c4731f0: Pull complete
97623ceb6339: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:4c7ce451c093329784a2808a55cd4fc4f1e93d8444b8492a24148d283936add9
Status: Downloaded newer image for store/oracle/weblogic:

Display all images in my Docker:

$ docker images
store/oracle/weblogic c6bb22ff0ea8 2 weeks ago 1.14GB

In the docker repository, for the Oracle WebLogic image, it is written that the Administrator user should be provided using a file having the format below and provided in the command lline to start the Docker image.
The format of the file is key value pair:


The command line suggested is the following:

$ docker run -d -p 7001:7001 -p 9002:9002 -v $PWD/ store/oracle/weblogic:

This run command is fine on Linux but doesn’t suite to Windows environment. The created file is on the C: drive on windows and the mapping can’t use environment variables like PWD.
In my case, the Docker run command to run is the following:

$ docker run -d --name wls12213 -p 7001:7001 -p 9002:9002 -v //c/Users/PBR/docker_weblogic/ store/oracle/weblogic:

With the -d option it displays only the instance ID, no logs.

Checking the logs using the Docker log command:

$ docker logs wls12213

Initializing WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) ...

Welcome to WebLogic Server Administration Scripting Shell

Type help() for help on available commands

domain_name : [base_domain] admin_listen_port : [7001] domain_path : [/u01/oracle/user_projects/domains/base_domain] production_mode : [prod] admin name : [AdminServer] administration_port_enabled : [true] administration_port : [9002]

I noticed from the logs that the Administration channel is enabled and listening on HTTPS Port 9002. The URL to browse to the WebLogic Administration Console is then:


  • yssouf TOURE says:

    very good tutorial, it works very well under Ubuntu too

  • yssouf TOURE says:

    can we use it for production?

  • Bear MAN says:

    I encountered a problem which after I ran “docker run ……” command, the container exit very soon after. Later I found out that you need to set your password in file to have at least 1 special character and length of 8 or above. If you encounter similar problem during docker run, you may try to enhance your admin password and try again.

    Thank for your tutorial!!

  • daniel torres mendes says:

    /u01/oracle/ line 66: /u01/oracle/user_projects/domains//bin/ No such file or directory
    /u01/oracle/ line 70: /u01/oracle/user_projects/domains// No such file or directory
    touch: cannot touch ‘/u01/oracle/user_projects/domains//servers/AdminServer/logs/AdminServer.log’: No such file or directory
    tail: cannot open ‘/u01/oracle/user_projects/domains//servers/AdminServer/logs/AdminServer.log’ for reading: No such file or directory
    tail: no files remaining

    • Pascal Brand says:

      Hello Daniel,
      The docker run is missing somehow the domain name in the configuration. By default this domain name is base_domain. See below:

      $ docker logs 7d751372591c
      Domain Home is: /u01/oracle/user_projects/domains/

      Initializing WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) …

      Welcome to WebLogic Server Administration Scripting Shell

      Type help() for help on available commands

      domain_name : [base_domain]
      admin_listen_port : [7001]
      domain_path : [/u01/oracle/user_projects/domains/base_domain]
      production_mode : [prod]
      admin name : [AdminServer]
      administration_port_enabled : [true]
      administration_port : [9002]

      Were you using the same image as the one given as reference in this blog ? I suspect not.

      Hope this helps,

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Pascal Brand
Pascal Brand

Senior Consultant & Middleware Technology Leader