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Docker Workshop

From Novice to Container Pro

Stop trolling Stack Overflow. Take your team beyond docker run and create Docker experts. Build tiny and secure Docker images, and leverage the build cache for fame and profit.

Docker has revolutionized the software world.

It provides a single ubiquitous cloud-native solution to the problem of packaging, distributing and running applications. It's destroyed the "works on my machine" problem, and has saved the sanity of countless Operations people.

"This is the best quality technical training I've ever attended."

Docker Graduate

But Docker brings it's own set of challenges. Building efficient Docker images is a black art, and now every developer's expected to be an OS hardening and DevOps expert.

Our Docker workshop covers everything your team needs to quickly graduate from cloud-native novices to container pros.


Start with the Docker basics: the docker command, Dockerfiles, networking, registries and storage. Then quickly advance into subduing the build cache, crafting production images, mastering multi-stage builds, using Docker Compose and more.

Understanding Containers

  • Learn the history of Containers
  • Discover How Containers Work
  • Understand How They Compare to Virtual Machines
  • Recognize the Value Containers Bring
  • Learn How They Change Operations And Application Development

Using Docker

  • Understand the Client/Server Architecture of Docker
  • Learn the Basic Docker Commands
  • Explore the Container Lifecycle
  • Build and Manage Applications

The Dockerfile

  • Understand the Dockerfile Syntax
  • Explore Dockerfile Best Practices
  • Learn About Base Images and Layers
  • Compare the ADD and COPY Instructions
  • Understand the Relationship Between ENTRYPOINT and CMD
  • Create Your First Dockerfile From Scratch


  • Understand the Purpose of Registries
  • Learn the Fully Qualified Image Name Pattern
  • Explore the Various Images Available on Docker Hub
  • Recognize When to Use docker pull
  • Publish Our First Image to the World


  • Practice the Various Ways of Exposing Ports
  • Understand the Impact of the EXPOSE Instruction
  • Clarify the Differences Between the Various Network Drivers
  • Create Locally Isolated Networks with DNS for Microservice Development
  • Explore the Host Network and Understand the Security Implications

Efficient Images

  • Explore Image Layers and Learn How They Are Created
  • Manipulate the Build Cache For Fun and Profit
  • Understand the Build Context and How to Secure Final Images

Containerizing Applications

  • Put Your New Knowledge to Use
  • Containerizing Python and C++ Applications.
  • Practice the Optimal Ordering of a Dockerfile
  • Discover the Virtues of the 12 Factor Application.
  • Use Multi-stage Builds
  • Build Scratch images using Static Compilation


  • Understand the Docker Container Root Filesystem.
  • Master the Use of Bind, Volume and tmpfs Mounts.
  • Use Volume Shadowing to Your Advantage in Local Development.
  • Explore the VOLUME Instruction and Data Initialization.

Docker Compose

  • Explore Docker Compose, and Understand How it Relates to Docker.
  • Learn How to Have Compose Build Local Images for You.
  • Build a Compose Configuration for a Small Microservice Architecture.

Dynamic Dockerfiles

  • Master the Use of Environment Variables.
  • Create Multiple Images From a Single Dockerfile via Build Arguments.

Beyond Docker

  • BuildKit
  • Podman
  • Buildah

Under the Hood

  • Explore the cgroups, Namespaces and Other Kernel Features that Enable Containers.
  • Dig Deeper into the Docker Image Format.

Introduction to Kubernetes

  • Understand How Kubernetes Solves the “Production Problem.”
  • Learn About the Basic Kubernetes Components.
  • Deploy an Application to a Kubernetes cluster.

The 411

This workshop is delivered over five days. Each day is scheduled from 12pm to 5pm ET (9am to 2pm PT) with an hour break in the middle — 20 hours in total. We try to reserve an hour at the end of each session for open Q&A. Attendance for this course is limited to up to 28 students.


Sean Kane
SuperOrbital Engineer
Flipping bits on the internet since 1992.

Rob Salmond
Engineer & Lead Trainer
Serving an extended sentence in the YAML mines. Claims innocence.

Intended Audience

This course covers the core Docker concepts. We recommend this course for your application delivery and platform operations teams.

To get the most out of this subject, students should come prepared with an understanding of rudimentary Bash scripting, and the basics of Linux processes, users, and permissions.

This is just one of the many great courses in our cloud-native curriculum!

Reach out to schedule the best workshop your team's ever attended.

The SuperOrbital Difference

We're experts with a reputation for delivering great work. Here’s how we're different:

Intensely Hands-On

More Walkin', Less Talkin'.

Our students spend more than 50% of their time in hands-on labs. We don’t believe in static, podium-based training with some boring instructor talking at you.

Instead, we immerse you in an active learning environment where you can internalize the lessons through collaboration and hands-on labs. This is the path to knowledge that sticks, and a foundation for true expertise.

Collaborative & Fun

This ain't no webinar.

People learn best when they're engaged and having fun. We strongly encourage interruptions, stupid questions, and side-quests.

This is also why we cap off each day with an open Q&A session. This is where we really get to dig into each team's unique challenges, often through live-coding sessions.


No stone unturned.

Our content goes deep, giving you a foundational understanding of how things work under the hood. We tease apart every topic, breaking it down into its atomic parts. Then we rearrange them into an order our students can easily digest and remember.


No Vendor Pitches.

We believe in cloud native solutions, but we aren't beholden to any vendor. Every situation is unique, and every tool has flaws. We help you understand how the technologies work together to solve your problems. We guide you away from the tools that are hype, and toward those that have proven their worth.

Battle Hardened

We bring real experience.

We don't just teach: we do. We've wrestled with Kubernetes, Terraform, Istio, Docker and all of the others in real production situations. We've used them in anger. We know where the tools fall down and what the documentation hides.

Remote first

We're passionately remote-first, and our training shows it.

The days of hours wasted commuting to work are coming to an end, and good riddance. SuperOrbital has always been a passionately remote-first company, and we bring that to our training. Why travel out of town to sit in a hot, crowded, uncomfortable room for days at a time? Our workshops are taken from the comfort of your own home, and at a schedule that encourages deep learning.

Need more convincing? Let's talk!

How it works

Engaging with us to provide a workshop for your team is easy. Reach out to get started.


We'll schedule a time to meet, discuss your needs, your team's experience level, and how we can help.


Each workshop day consists of four hours of lecture, labs, and open Q&A. This helps keep the training active and inspiring, and gives plenty of time for the knowledge to gel.

Follow Up

We follow up afterward to ensure the workshop exceeded your expectations, and to help with whatever new hurdles your team may be facing.

Schedule the best training your team will ever attend, today!