Information Systems

BLCN532 Lab 1 Set up your development environment

Introduction This course introduces students to blockchain development for enterprise environments. Before you can

develop software applications, you need to ensue your development environment is in place. That

means you’ll need all the tools and infrastructure installed and configured to support enterprise

blockchain software development projects.

In this lab you’ll set up your own Hyperledger Fabric development environment and install the course

software from the textbook. When you finish this lab, you’ll have a working development environment

and will be ready to start running and modifying blockchain applications.

The instructions in your textbook are for Mac and Linux computers. If your computer runs Microsoft

Windows, just follow the instructions in the section “Initial setup for Windows computers” first.

Lab Deliverables:

To complete this lab, you must create a Lab Report file and submit the file in iLearn. The Lab Report file

must be a Microsoft Word format (.docx), and have the filename with the following format:


• SECTION is the section number of your current course (2 digits)

• STUDENTID is your student ID number (with leading zeros)

• LASTNAME is your last name

• FIRSTNAME is your first name

To get started, create a Microsoft Word document (.docx) with the correct filename for this lab. You’ll

be asked to enter text and paste screenshots into the lab report file.

NOTE: All screenshots MUST be readable. A screenshot that I cannot read (i.e. cannot read the text

you are capturing) will not count for any points.

SECTION 1: Initial setup for Windows computers (Chapter 3)

Step 1.1: Install Oracle Virtualbox

Oracle Virtualbox is an open source virtualization environment that allows you to run multiple virtual

machines and containers on a single personal computer. Virtualbox is free and it is easy to install.

In your favorite web browser, navigate to: and click the “Download

Virtualbox” button. Click the “Windows hosts” link to download the main installation executable. You

should also click the “All supported platforms” under the “Extension Pack” heading to download extra

software support for devices.

After you download the two files, double click each one to run the install procedure.

Step 1.2: Install Vagrant

Vagrant is a free virtual environment management utility. It makes the process of starting, stopping, and

managing virtual machines easier. In your web browser, navigate to then

click the “Download” button, and click the version of the Windows executable you’d like to install. (Most

of you should select the “64-bit” version.)

Once you download the install program, double-click the file you just downloaded to install Vagrant.

If you want more information on Vagrant and tips on getting the most out of the software, navigate to: .

Step 1.3: Install PuTTY

Later in this lab you’ll launch several Linux virtual machines. These VMs won’t have a graphical user

interface, so you’ll need a way to log in and use the VM’s command line. You’ll use a terminal emulator

program, called PuTTY to do that. PuTTY is a free and is one of the most popular terminal emulator


To download and install PuTTY, navigate to,

then download and install the PuTTY program.

Step 1.4: Set up your Vagrant project

After installing all the pre-requisite pieces, you need to set up your Vagrant project. A Vagrant project

defines your virtual machine environment and helps you organize your collection of VMs into a group

that is easy to manage.

We’ll use the Windows PowerShell as our Windows command prompt environment. PowerShell is a very

powerful command line interface that is available on all Windows computers.

To launch PowerShell, click the Windows key, type PowerShell, then click the Windows PowerShell

menu entry. The figure below shows a portion of the Windows PowerShell command prompt window.

Note that PowerShell uses your user’s home directory as its starting directory. In my case,

C:\Users\micha is my home directory. For the rest of the lab, I’ll refer to this a %HOME%. Your %HOME%

directory will be different.

1.4.1: Remove existing Vagrant projects

Follow these steps ONLY if you already have a previous Vagrant project you want to remove: (Assume

the project you want to remove is located in the %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger directory.)

If you DO NOT have an existing Vagrant project that you need to remove, skip to the next paragraph.

1. PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant global-status

Note the id of the listed VM(s). You’ll use this id in the next command, in place of xxxxxxx.

2. PS %HOME%\vagrant\\Hyperledger> vagrant destroy xxxxxxx

3. PS %HOME%\vagrant\\Hyperledger> vagrant box remove ubuntu/xenial64

1.4.2: Create a new Vagrant project for Hyperledger

Launch PowerShell and enter the following commands: (Don’t type ‘PS %HOME%>’, that’s just the

PowerShell prompt. Just type the characters in bold.)

1. PS %HOME%> mkdir vagrant

2. PS %HOME%> cd vagrant

3. PS %HOME%\vagrant> mkdir Hyperledger

4. PS %HOME%\vagrant> cd Hyperledger

5. PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant init ubuntu/xenial64

6. PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant up

NOTE: To stop your VM, exit from PuTTY shell, then type vagrant halt in PowerShell

1.4.3: Set up PuTTY SSH connection

Now that you have a working VM, you need to set up PuTTY to be able to easily log into your VM. That’s

how you’ll access your VM’s command line to enter commands for the rest of the class. In this lab step

you’ll set up PuTTY to allow you to login using a private key, instead of having to enter a userid and

password every time you connect. You’ll use a PuTTY utility, PuTTYGen, to generate your public/private

key pair, and then load your key into PuTTY’s configuration.

1. Ensure that your VM is started (PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant up)

2. PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant ssh-config

3. Launch PuTTYGen (type puttygen at the PowerShell prompt)

4. Click Load, then navigate to


Make sure to select All Files (*.*) to the right of the filename input

5. Select OK -> Save Private Key -> Yes -> private_key_putty -> Exit

6. Launch PuTTY

7. Type the following information, then click Save:

Host Name (or IP address):

Port: 2222

Saved Sessions: Vagrant Hyperledger

8. Click Connection -> SSH -> Auth -> Browse ->


9. Click Connection -> Data -> Auto-login username: vagrant

10. Open connection

You should see a command prompt like this: (I’ve changed my font and colors, so yours will look appear

different, but the contents should be the same.)

Section 2: Install Pre-requisites (Chapter 3)

Once you have an operating Linux VM, you can start to install the Hyperledger Fabric pre-requisites. In

this section you’ll install all the software and configuration pieces necessary to run the class enterprise

blockchain application in Hyperledger Fabric.

Step 2.1: Install pre-reqs

2.1.1: Install dev tools

You type all the following commands in your Linux VM (at the command prompt using PuTTY.)

1. $ sudo apt-get update

2. $ sudo apt-get install make

3. $ sudo apt-get install libltdl-dev

2.1.2: Install Docker-CE

You can find complete Docker-CE instructions/docs at:


1. $ sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine containerd runc

2. $ sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-


3. $ curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add –

4. $ sudo add-apt-repository “deb [arch=amd64]

$(lsb_release -cs) stable”

5. $ sudo apt-get update

6. $ sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

2.1.3: Install Docker compose

1. $ sudo curl -L “

compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)” -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

2. $ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

3. $ docker-compose version

4. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1, 2, and 3, and paste that screenshot into your Lab

Report File.

2.1.4: Install business network pre-reqs

1. $ curl -O

2. $ chmod u+x

3. $ ./

4. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1, 2, and 3, and paste that screenshot into your Lab

Report File.

>>> Logout and log back in after completing the previous step

2.1.5: Install GO language

The next step is to install the GO programming language. You’ll use GO to write and modify source code

files for the class blockchain application.

1. $ sudo apt-get update

2. $ wget

3. $ tar xvf go1.12.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz

4. $ nano ~/.profile

5. In the nano editor, add the following 2 lines after the last line in the file:

export GOPATH=$HOME/go

export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin

6. Save your file and exit nano

7. $ source .profile

8. $ go version

9. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1-8, and paste that screenshot into your Lab Report


Step 2.2: Install source code and set up business network

In this step you’ll download and install the class application source code and set up the class business


2.2.1: Forking and Cloning the trade-finance-logistics repository

1. In a browser (in Windows) go to:


2. Sign up or log in

3. Click Fork

You type all the following commands in your Linux VM (at the command prompt using PuTTY.)

4. $ cd $GOPATH/src

5. $ git clone

6. $ cd $GOPATH/src

7. $ mkdir -p

8. $ cd

9. $ git clone -b release-1.1

10. $ cd fabric

11. $ make docker

12. $ make configtxgen cryptogen

13. $ git clone

14. $ cd fabric-ca

15. $ make docker

16. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1-15, and paste that screenshot into your Lab Report


2.2.2: Generate network cryptographic material

1. $ cd $GOPATH/src/trade-finance-logistics/network

2. $ nano ~/.profile

change last line to this (all on 1 line, not 2):




3. Save file and exit nano

4. $ source ~/.profile

5. $ cryptogen generate –config=./crypto-config.yaml

6. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1-5, and paste that screenshot into your Lab Report


2.2.3: Generate channel artifacts

1. $ cd $GOPATH/src/trade-finance-logistics/network

2. Execute the follow commands OR run the script (AFTER step 9)

3. $ mkdir -p channel-artifacts

4. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeOrdererGenesis -outputBlock ./channel-


5. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeChannel -outputCreateChannelTx ./channel-

artifacts/channel.tx -channelID tradechannel

6. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeChannel -outputAnchorPeersUpdate ./channel-

artifacts/ExporterOrgMSPanchors.tx -channelID tradechannel -asOrg ExporterOrgMSP

7. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeChannel -outputAnchorPeersUpdate ./channel-

artifacts/ImporterOrgMSPanchors.tx -channelID tradechannel -asOrg ImporterOrgMSP

8. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeChannel -outputAnchorPeersUpdate ./channel-

artifacts/CarrierOrgMSPanchors.tx -channelID tradechannel -asOrg CarrierOrgMSP

9. $ configtxgen -profile FourOrgsTradeChannel -outputAnchorPeersUpdate ./channel-

artifacts/RegulatorOrgMSPanchors.tx -channelID tradechannel -asOrg RegulatorOrgMSP

OR (Instead of typing the commands above, the author provides a script to do it all)

1. $ ./ generate -c tradechannel

2.2.4: Launch the sample trade network

There are two ways to launch the sample trade network, using the docker-compose command directly,

or by using the author-supplied shell script. We’ll use the shell script in most of our activities.

1. $ cd $GOPATH/src/trade-finance-logistics/network

2. $ ./ up

3. Create a screenshot of the results of steps 1 and 2, and paste that screenshot into your Lab

Report File.

Step 2.3: Verifying your business network

The last step in this lab is to verify that your business network is up and running.

1. Open a new PuTTY session for your Vagrant Hyperledger VM. (Right-click on the PuTTY icon in

the task bar and click PuTTY.)

2. Enter the following command:

3. $ docker ps -a

4. Create a screenshot of the results of step 3 and paste that screenshot into your Lab Report File.

5. The first column in the previous output is the “container-ID”. Find the container-ID for the

orderer process, and use it for the following command: (Don’t type the “<” or “>” characters)

6. $ docker logs <container-ID>

7. Create a screenshot of the results of step 6 and paste that screenshot into your Lab Report File.

Section 3: Wrapping up

Once you have your network up and running, the only step to complete is to learn how to properly

shutdown your business network.

1. Shut down the business network in Linux:

2. $ ./ down

3. Exit from your Linux session

4. $ exit

5. In Windows PowerShell, shut down your Hyperledger virtual machine:

7. PS %HOME%\vagrant\Hyperledger> vagrant halt

You should have 8 screenshots in your Lab Report File. Save your file and submit it in iLearn as a file

attachment for the Lab 1 assignment.

Congratulations! You have complete lab 1.

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