Learn How to Automate Software Installation with a Script: Installing software on multiple devices can be a time-consuming and tedious task. However, using a script, you can automate the installation process and save yourself a lot of time and effort. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a script to automate software installation on multiple devices.
1. Choose a Scripting Language
The first step in automating software installation with a script is to choose a scripting language. Some popular options include:
- PowerShell: a powerful scripting language built into Windows, commonly used for Windows environments
- Bash: a scripting language widely used in Linux environments
- Python: a versatile language that can be used in both Windows and Linux environments
- Ruby: another universal language that can be used in both Windows and Linux environments
Choose the scripting language that best fits your needs and experience level.
2. Create a List of Software to Install
Before you can start creating your installation script, you need to list all the software you want to install. Here’s an example list:
- Google Chrome (version 91.0.4472.124)
- Microsoft Office (version 365)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (version 2021.001.20149)
Include the name of the software, the version number, and any necessary installation parameters. Determine the order in which the software should be installed, as some applications may depend on others being installed first.
3. Download the Software Installers
Download the software installers for each application on your list. Here’s an example PowerShell command to download Google Chrome:
Make sure to download the correct version of each application for your operating system and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
4. Write the Script
Now that you have all the software installers downloaded, it’s time to write the script that will automate the installation process. Here’s an example PowerShell script that installs Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC:
This script uses the Start-Process cmdlet to run each installer with the necessary installation parameters. The -Wait parameter ensures that each installation completes before moving on to the next one.
Wait: This parameter specifies that the cmdlet should wait for the process to complete before returning control to the PowerShell console.
Start-Process: This cmdlet is used to start a new process (In this case, the Chrome installer).
“$softwarePath\ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe”: This is the path to the Chrome installer executable file, which is stored in the $softwarePath variable.
ArgumentList: This parameter specifies the list of arguments to pass to the process being started.
“/silent /install”: These are the arguments that are passed to the Chrome installer to perform a silent installation with default options.
5. Test and Deploy the Script
Before deploying your script, testing it on a few devices is important to ensure it works as expected. You can do this by running the script on a test machine or virtual machine. Once you’ve confirmed that the hand works correctly, you can deploy it to the rest of your devices.
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