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Remotely Deploying Docker Containers to Your Server Stadium Cloud VM


Deploying Docker containers remotely to a cloud VM can streamline the management of applications by using centralized commands from your local machine. This guide will cover the setup of Docker for remote management and demonstrate how to deploy a container to a Server Stadium cloud VM.


  • A Server Stadium cloud VM running a supported OS (e.g., Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or 22.04 LTS). If you do not have an account, sign up here.
  • Docker installed both on your local machine and the cloud VM.
  • SSH access to the cloud VM.
  • An understanding of basic Docker operations and SSH commands.

Step 1: Configure Docker for Remote Access on the Cloud VM

  1. Access Your VM
    Connect to your cloud VM via SSH:

    ssh username@vm-ip-address

  2. Configure the Docker Daemon
    Edit the Docker configuration to allow remote connections:

    sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/docker.service

    Modify the ExecStart line as follows:

    ExecStart=/usr/bin/dockerd -H tcp:// -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock

    This configuration allows Docker to listen for connections on port 2375 from any IP address and through the local Unix socket.
  3. Restart Docker Service
    Apply the changes and restart Docker:

    sudo systemctl daemon-reload
    sudo systemctl restart docker

  4. Secure the Docker Daemon
    Since opening Docker to remote connections can pose a security risk, it’s recommended to secure access using firewall rules or setting up TLS for Docker.

Step 2: Deploy Containers from Your Local Machine

  1. Set Docker Host Environment Variable
    Set the DOCKER_HOST environment variable on your local machine:

    export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://vm-ip-address:2375

  2. Deploy a Docker Container
    Deploy an Nginx container from your local machine:

    docker run -d -p 80:80 –name mynginx nginx

Step 3: Verify Deployment

  1. Check Container Status
    Verify the container is running properly:

    docker ps

  2. Access the Web Server
    Access the Nginx welcome page via http://vm-ip-address.


Remote deployment of Docker containers allows for flexible management of applications across cloud infrastructure. By configuring your Server Stadium cloud VM to accept Docker commands remotely, you streamline the deployment process and enhance operational efficiency.

For further guidance on Docker security, automating deployments, or optimizing your Docker setup, visit the Server Stadium knowledge base or contact support through the Server Stadium website.

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