You’ve probably seen a couple of my blog posts on how to use Chocolatey and Boxstarter in Enterprise environments. I even have Julien Stanojevic doing a session at my virtual expo 2015 called “Automating Citrix Builds Using Chocolatey & BoxStarter”. Check the full agenda and register here.
In todays post I’m going to show you how easy Chocolatey is and how you can use it to save a ton of time! That beeing when reinstalling your own computers or fixing it for friends and family.
At Citrix Synergy 2015 I got myself a Dell XPS13 Ultrabook Computer. So instead of going the old-school way of downloading and installing software from the various vendors websites I went the new-school way and used Chocolatey.
You see, a Chocolatey package will download the latest version and install it unattended automatically.
So if I want to install LibreOffice you just run the following command:
choco install -y libreoffice
Since most of my software are installed this way, I can easily run a Powershell script and Automatically Generating a Chocolatey Install Script.
Then simply copy and replace Choco Install with Choco Install -y and you got yourself a script to install all your required software.
choco install -y 7zip
choco install -y autohotkey.portable
choco install -y classic-shell
choco install -y CloudBerryExplorer.S3
choco install -y cutepdf
choco install -y DotNet4.5
choco install -y dropbox
choco install -y filezilla
choco install -y Firefox
choco install -y Ghostscript
choco install -y Ghostscript.app
choco install -y GoogleChrome
choco install -y javaruntime
choco install -y jre8
choco install -y lastpass
choco install -y notepadplusplus
choco install -y notepadplusplus.install
choco install -y NugetPackageExplorer
choco install -y paint.net
choco install -y putty
choco install -y putty.portable
choco install -y rdcman
choco install -y rdm
choco install -y Silverlight
choco install -y skype
choco install -y snagit
choco install -y sumatrapdf
choco install -y sumatrapdf.commandline
choco install -y winscp
You get the picture?
Yesterday I installed Windows 10 bare-metal on one of my Mac Minis. The installation on SSD was super fast and then I just needed to install the Boot Camp drivers to get online.
Being online I grabbed the script above and started the automated installation of my prefered software. Some software needs to be installed manually simply because they don’t exist in the Chocolatey library, but the 80/20 rule applies. Back to beers and family!
So are you still going to do it the old-school way or do you want to enter the new-school way? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.