After enabling Kubernetes in Docker Desktop for Windows, it simply wouldn’t come up. I waited about an hour but nothing happened. All needed Docker images etc. were downloaded but then the process stalled.
After searching for errors in all the different log files I found a bunch of lines like the following in
[026:09:01:30.415][I] E0126 09:01:30.415129 3471 reflector.go:138] k8s.io/client-go/informers/factory.go:134: Failed to watch *v1.Service: failed to list *v1.Service: Get "https://vm.docker.internal:6443/api/v1/services?limit=500&resourceVersion=0": dial tcp 192.168.65.4:6443: connect: connection refused
So, apparently the connection to
https://vm.docker.internal:6443 could not be established.
I searched the web for solutions to this problem for quite a while, but finally came up with the reason myself: My antivirus software blocked access to the
hosts file! Docker couldn’t create the needed entries in
After allowing write access to
hosts in the antivirus software and restarting Docker Desktop, the following entries were created and Kubernetes finally started successfully.
# Added by Docker Desktop 192.168.178.76 host.docker.internal 192.168.178.76 gateway.docker.internal # To allow the same kube context to work on the host and the container: 127.0.0.1 kubernetes.docker.internal # End of section