Once in a while I have to configure a new server and install a few programs. To hasten that process this time I used chocolatey.

To install chocolatey just use the command shown on their homepage. After that it is just simply using cinst 7zip to install a program from command line.

It is a nice tool, but it has a few drawbacks. I couldn’t install Process Explorer or NetSpeedMonitor via chocolatey. And it installed Firefox in German (the default download page suggests the German version because of my German IP). Yes there porobably is a parameter to choose the language. All in all I would use it only for about 5 programs.

I read somewhere that it can also be used for installing roles like IIS, but I haven’t tried that yet. It also has a GUI, but I haven’t tried it out.