One of the biggest challenges most administrators face is automating their tasks. The more administrators can automate the more productive they are. Installing and updating programs is always a challenge when you are dealing with hundreds or thousands of computers at once. That is where Chocolatey steps in.
Chocolatey is a package manager for windows that will let you automatically install many pieces of software with little effort. You can even script the installation so you can deploy with GPO or your RMM platform.
Installing Chocolatey is super easy. First, you will need to change your PowerShell signing. You can do this by running PowerShell as administrator and executing the following command
Now you are able to run the script to install Chocolatey. You can read about their install process here or use the code below.
iwr https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1 -UseBasicParsing | iex
After you have installed Chocolatey you can start having it install programs for you. Below is an example of installing Adobe Reader and Herdprotect. I use the switch to automatically accept the terms and proceed with the installation without prompting me.
choco install adobereader herdprotect -y