In my current development, I need Redis and rabbitmq containers in linux but they are consumed by windows application and containers. WSL provides a way to run linux and window containers at the same time. Here are the step to allow us to access both daemons from powershell.

This assumes the WSL2 is enabled and docker desktop is configured to take advantage of WSL.

Enable ssh in WSL

  1. access wsl termial
  2. modify /etc/ssh/sshd_config
   # change port number greater than 1000
   Port 2222
   # enable publickeyauthentication
   PubkeyAuthentication yes
   # enable password 
   PasswordAuthentication yes
  1. start sshd
   sudo service ssh --full-restart
   sudo service ssh start
  1. get wsl ip looking for eth0
   ip addr 
  1. test ssh

in powershell

   ssh [email protected] -p 2222

# set up public key authentication

 1. Generate key pair

ssh-keygen -t rsa

 2. add key to ssh-agent
   * start ssh-agent
start-service ssh-agent
   * mock sshd service

sc.exe create sshd binPath=C:\Windows\System32\OpenSSH\ssh.exe start-service sshd

  * add key


  3. copy public key to WSL

   cp /c/mnt/Users/userid/.ssh/ ~/.ssh
  1. test public key access
   ssh [email protected] -p 2222  

setup docker context

  1. create config file at /Users/userid/.ssh folder
  Host wsl
     User userid
     Port 2222
     IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
  1. test ssh config
  ssh wsl
  1. create docker context
   docker context create wsl --docker host=ssh://wsl
  1. switch context
   docker context use wsl
   docker info