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      Maurice Torres
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      In order for the computer to work for us, we must first work on it: install the OS and all necessary programs. But how boring to sit and endlessly press the “Next” button! That is why humanity has invented the auto-installers of software, which we will talk about today.

      Judge for yourself: in the case of Windows, in addition to installing the OS itself, you will have to install many programs: a browser (maybe not one), a player (audio and video), a messenger, several utilities (for recording discs, a file manager, service utilities, etc. etc.), antivirus, reader, office suite, libraries (Java, .Net, Shockwave, etc.), etc. If all this is downloaded and installed manually, then this process will take a very long time.

      It is much more convenient, of course, just to mark the necessary software and get the bootloader, which is in “silent” mode (for those who do not know – “silent” mode is the program installation mode without showing windows or the installation process, which is performed in automatic mode download distributions and install them.

      Someone will say: “But what about the WPI-packages?”. The main difference between the services presented in the review (however, not all) from WPI is that they download only the latest software versions, and besides, the user should not download the cumbersome 30-GB WPI package for a couple of programs.

      So today we will talk about:

      Action1
      Ninite
      Milouz Market
      Npackd

      Action1

      http://www.action1.com

      This free remote software installation utility deploys software without using any specialized software deployment tools and acts similar installing software remotely using wmic, command line tools (such as if you installed software remotely with psexec) or PowerShell scripts to install software silently on multiple computers in your network. Action1 includes this free remote installation software, which allows to perform automated software deployments without using any expensive and complicated solutions.

      Pros: free, works from cloud, execute actions on multiple computers simultaneously
      Cons: not yet found

      Ninite

      http://www.ninite.com

      Ninite is very convenient because on the site you just need to mark the necessary programs and click the big green “Get Installer” button. A bootloader with a weight of about 300 Kb will be downloaded, and absolutely selected software will be installed absolutely “insanely”. The site offers about 90 of the most popular programs of all categories (plus libraries). By the way, Ninite can disable the installation of various adware that comes with the software. The Linux section contains only 16 of the most necessary utilities, about a quarter of which are already pre-installed in various distributions.
      For $ 9.99 per month, the service of automatic updating of installed programs is provided using a special utility. And there is Ninite Pro – a service with which (a separate utility is downloaded) you can automatically install and update software in a local network or Active Directory domain. It is worth the pleasure of $ 20 per month.

      Pros: convenience, disable adware.
      Cons: not enough programs.

      Milouz Market

      http://www.market.milouz.com

      This service also offers to download the client first, and install the necessary software from it. 194 applications are represented in the market, and these are the most popular programs. The Milouz Market client has several interesting features, including the ability to select the application distribution channel (alpha, beta or stable) and the language to be installed, speed limits, automatic refusal to install adware, there are even the beginnings of a scheduler. Unfortunately, the client is very slow, and using it is uncomfortable. There is also an update manager, installation of silent updates (both in automatic and manual mode), as well as a built-in uninstaller.

      Pros: a couple of distinctive features.
      Cons: poor client performance, little software.

      Npackd

      http://www.market.milouz.com

      It’s open source project. Here you also need to first download the client, and then later update or install the application. If necessary, you can send the developer the address of the repository of your program, and it will be included in the general list.
      The program has almost no settings, when it starts up, besides loading the list of repositories, it also scans the PC for all installed programs. And this is where the confusion arises – the window displays all the programs intermixed (although they can be sorted), including all installed updates and add-ons for various applications (especially many in the case of Microsoft Office). For some reason, the program incorrectly determines the names of the programs, their versions, etc., which is why it offers to install already installed (only two were available for updating, and then the libraries: JRE and Visual C ++ Redistributable). There is also a standard option to remove this or that application.
      In general, Npackd does not lag behind other services in the number of software offered, but the incomprehensible definition of software does not allow working normally.

      Pros: a good number of programs.
      Cons: incorrect definition of already installed applications.

    • #1037800
      Luc Fullenwarth
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      You can also include Chocolatey to your list.

      The product can be found here:

      https://chocolatey.org/

      And a short introduction here:

      https://4sysops.com/archives/software-deployment-with-powershell-and-chocolatey/

      It’s a non intrusive product which only installs in a folder and creates an entry in the path.

      To list existing packages containing the “notepadplusplus” word:

      choco list notepadplusplus

      To focus on a package named exactly “powershell-core” and to display the details:

      choco list powershell-core --exact --detail

      To install a package:
      (the –yes parameter means responding yes to every question)

      choco install keepass --yes

      If you want, you can also install specific version instead of the latest one (default).

      To view locally installed packages:

      choco list --local-only

      To view if there are new updates:
      (you can schedule it if you prefer)

      choco upgrade all --noop

      To upgrade all packages together:

      choco upgrade all --yes

      To upgrade a single package:

      choco upgrade vscode

      To uninstall a package:

      choco uninstall rsat

      There is a Pro version and you can create you own packages.
      Furthermore, Chocolatey is compatible with DSC, SCCM, Chef, Puppet, …

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