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Cannot verify the file SHA256 when installing package

I’m doing some work requiring containers and decided to use Server 1709 as it has some significant changes when compared to Server 2016.

The documentation - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/windowscontainers/about/ - just gives options for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server Insider Preview. As 1709 is the shipping version of the Insider Preview I decided that should work.

 

All went well until it was time to download and install the docker package

Install-Package -Name docker -ProviderName DockerMsftProviderInsider -RequiredVersion 17.06.0-ce -Verbose

 

I saw the index download

VERBOSE: Downloading https://dockermsft.blob.core.windows.net/dockercontainer/DockerMsftIndex.json

then hit a warning

WARNING: Cannot verify the file SHA256. Deleting the file.

The install then terminates with an object not found error

Install-Package : Cannot find path
'C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Local\Temp\2\DockerMsftProviderInsider\Docker-17-06-0-ce.zip' because it does not exist.

 

I tried to use Save-Package but got a similar error. This seems to a be a common issue from the thread here - https://github.com/OneGet/MicrosoftDockerProvider/issues/15

 

I modified the work around from that thread

First: Download the index file

PS>  Start-BitsTransfer -Source https://dockermsft.blob.core.windows.net/dockercontainer/DockerMsftIndex.json -Destination c:\source

 

Convert to PowerShell object

$dv = Get-Content -Path  c:\source\DockerMsftIndex.json | ConvertFrom-Json

 

You can see the versions available

$dv.versions

 

And extract a single version

PS>  $dv.versions.'17.06.0-ce'

date   : 2017-07-10T16:35:52
url    : https://dockermsft.blob.core.windows.net/dockercontainer/docker-17-06-0-ce.zip
size   : 16277800
notes  : This is the latest CE version of docker
sha256 : 3D27360A11A3A627AAC9C6D73EB32D4A9B6DCCA6BCB4B2C7A5FCD9D2E0EC6C82

 

Now you can download the zip file

PS>  Start-BitsTransfer -Source "https://dockermsft.blob.core.windows.net/dockercontainer/docker-17-06-0-ce.zip" -Destination C:\ source\docker.zip

 

Unblock the file just in case

PS>  Unblock-File -Path C:\Source\docker.zip

 

Check the file hash

PS>  $dv.versions.'17.06.0-ce'.sha256
3D27360A11A3A627AAC9C6D73EB32D4A9B6DCCA6BCB4B2C7A5FCD9D2E0EC6C82
PS>  Get-FileHash -Path C:\Source\docker.zip | Format-List

Algorithm : SHA256
Hash      : 3D27360A11A3A627AAC9C6D73EB32D4A9B6DCCA6BCB4B2C7A5FCD9D2E0EC6C82
Path      : C:\Source\docker.zip

They look to be the same but to save wear and tear on my eyeballs

PS>  $dv.versions.'17.06.0-ce'.sha256 -eq (Get-FileHash -Path C:\Source\docker.zip).hash
True

 

Now copy docker.zip to the folder Install-Package was trying to use.

PS>  Copy-Item -Path C:\source\docker.zip -Destination C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Local\Temp\2\DockerMsftprovider\ -Force

 

Notice the 2 in the path. Not sure why that’s there but seems to be necessary.

Move into the folder

PS>  Push-Location -Path C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Local\Temp\2\DockerMsftProvider\

 

The instructions say to rename the zip file but use copy-item instead of rename-item. Its because Install-package will delete the zip file when its completed. This way you have the original available if you need it.

 

You can now install the package.

Install-Package -Name docker -ProviderName DockerMsftProviderInsider -Verbose -RequiredVersion 17.06.0-ce

 

Because the download file exists the save is skipped.  The hash verification works and docker is installed. The installation of docker also enables the containers feature.

 

Restart the VM to finish the installation and start the docker service.

 

This shouldn’t be necessary. Being able to download packages and install them should just work. There’s something wrong in the whole process which needs a MS fix.

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