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#Getting and configuring Docker binaries

In order to issue commands against remote Docker hosts (running the Docker daemon/engine) you will need to have a Docker client locally. This is a single executable file, which doesn't contain the Docker engine, it only acts as a client.

The Windows Docker binaries can be downloaded using the following URL pattern:

https://get.docker.com/builds/Windows/i386/docker-latest.exe

https://get.docker.com/builds/Windows/x86_64/docker-latest.exe

If you want a specific version of the Docker client for Windows you can insert the version number instead of "-latest" like so:

Version 1.8.1:
https://get.docker.com/builds/Windows/i386/docker-1.8.1.exe

64bit version of 1.8.1
https://get.docker.com/builds/Windows/x86_64/docker-1.8.1.exe

Also download Docker Machine, which will be used some of the exercises. You can find the Docker Machine binaries on the github page for Machine https://github.com/docker/machine/releases.

Once downloaded check that the file isn't Blocked, then rename it to Docker.exe (rename the Docker Machine binary to docker-machine.exe) and place it in a known location like C:\Docker. Then add it to the Windows PATH by adding ;C:\Docker to the existing PATH, which you can find by going to Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings Advanced (tab) > Environment Variables (button) > System Variables

Alternatively, run the following command from your Command Line Prompt (cmd.exe):

set PATH=%PATH%;"c:\Docker"
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