Webpicmd and boxstarter

On any sufficiently complex team project you will eventually need to find a way to keep the developer machines (and the build servers) aligned.

The web platform installer is a great way of getting started on this.

Now the webpi also has a command line version that must be run as admin.

The following will list the software that you have installed:

webpicmd /list /listoption:installed

Then you can build a script similar to the following:

#Install-WindowsUpdate -AcceptEula
#Update-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
#Set-ExplorerOptions -showHidenFilesFoldersDrives -showProtectedOSFiles -showFileExtensions
#Enable-RemoteDesktop
#Enable-MicrosoftUpdate
#Set-TaskbarSmall
# install Visual Studio instances, SQL Server first
# Web Platform Installer (get a full list of packages you can install from webpi using "clist -source webpi")
#cinst webpi
#choco webpi IISExpress_ByPlatform
#choco webpi SQLLocalDB
#choco webpi WIF
#choco webpi WDeploy
# Web Platform Installer : Specific Versions – need to update to latest if newer exists
#choco webpi WindowsAzureSDK_2_2
# Visual Studio Extensions
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VsVim" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/59ca71b3-a4a3-46ca-8fe1-0e90e3f79329/file/6390/46/VsVim.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "IndentGuides" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e792686d-542b-474a-8c55-630980e72c30/file/48932/19/IndentGuide%20v14.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "SpellChecker" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/a23de100-31a1-405c-b4b7-d6be40c3dfff/file/104494/2/VSSpellCheckerPackage.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VSCommands2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c6d1c265-7007-405c-a68b-5606af238ece/file/106247/15/SquaredInfinity.VSCommands.VS12.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "ProductivityPowerTools2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/dbcb8670-889e-4a54-a226-a48a15e4cace/file/117115/3/ProPowerTools.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "WebEssentials2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/56633663-6799-41d7-9df7-0f2a504ca361/file/105627/31/WebEssentials2013.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "SlowCheetahXmlTransforms" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/69023d00-a4f9-4a34-a6cd-7e854ba318b5/file/55948/22/SlowCheetah.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "AngularJsSpaTemplate" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/5af151b2-9ed2-4809-bfe8-27566bfe7d83/file/119298/2/Extension.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VSColorOutput2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f4d9c2b5-d6d7-4543-a7a5-2d7ebabc2496/file/63103/7/VSColorOutput.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "HotTowelSpa2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/1eb8780d-d522-4dcf-bf56-56f0eab305c2/file/111219/4/HotTowelSpa.2013.vsix 12
# Browsers
#cinst GoogleChrome
#cinst GoogleChrome.Dev
#cinst GoogleChrome.Canary
cinst Firefox
cinst Opera
# Source Control
cinst git.install
cinst git-credential-manager-for-windows
cinst SourceTree
#cinst Post-GIT-HG
cinst github
#cinst hg
#cinst svn
#cinst tortoisehg
#cinst tortoisesvn
#cinst tortoisegit
#cinst visualsvn
#cinst VisualHG
#cinst tfsSidekicks2012
# Editors
cinst vim
#cinst sublimetext2
#cinst markpad
cinst visualstudiocode
cinst atom
cinst brackets
# JetBrains (PhpStorm has everthing that WebStorm does and more)
#cinst dotpeek
#cinst dotTrace
#cinst resharper
#cinst PhpStorm
# RegGate
#cinst reflector
# Web / Internet / Network
#cinst nginx
#cinst curl
#cinst nmap
cinst wireshark
#cinst OwinHost
#cinst Wget
# Social
cinst skype
cinst slack
# Languages
cinst nodejs.install
#cinst ruby
#cinst ruby.devkit
#cinst Lua
#cinst clojure
#cinst HaskellPlatform
#cinst groovy
#cinst golang
#cinst scala
#cinst python
#cinst php
#cinst erlang
# development utilities
cinst yeoman
cinst fiddler4
cinst linqpad
cinst kdiff3
#cinst beyondcompare
#cinst mysql.workbench
#cinst GnuWin
cinst dependencywalker
cinst typescript
cinst HxD
#cinst snoop
cinst stylecop
#cinst ScriptCs
cinst ilmerge
cinst postman
# general utilities
#cinst 7zip.install
cinst sysinternals
#cinst pstools
cinst putty
cinst filezilla
#Install-ChocolateyPinnedTaskBarItem "$env:programfiles\filezilla\filezilla.exe"
cinst rdcman
cinst greenshot
cinst hashcheck
#cinst AzureStorageExplorer
cinst lockhunter
#cinst sharpkeys
#cinst f.lux
# end user
cinst treesizefree
cinst iTunes
#cinst kindle
cinst vlc
# Environment
#cinst Microsoft-Hyper-V-All -source windowsFeatures
#cinst IIS-WebServerRole -source windowsfeatures
# cloud
cinst dropbox
cinst googledrive
#cinst OneDrive
#cinst sugarsync
# graphics, games, audio
cinst OpenCV
#cinst openal
#cinst unity
cinst blender
cinst freecad
cinst inkscape
cinst audacity
# testing
#cinst specflow
#cinst nunit
# Continuous Integration
#cinst NAnt
#cinst jenkins
#cinst cruisecontrol.net
# Android Development
#cinst android-sdk
#cinst AndroidStudio

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Then in a powershell prompt:

START http://boxstarter.org/package/nr/url?https://path/to/myfile.txt

This with a bit of testing can give you a full machine setup for say your CI servers without requiring complex maintenance.

This is before you have to write a single script!

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