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What is the best method for upgrading software on a Windows client?

asked 2013-10-16 08:41:18 -0600

machaon gravatar image

updated 2013-10-16 08:57:59 -0600

I've seen the videos on Chocolatey and that looks great whenever that gets added to Puppet Enterprise, but in the meantime what is recommended for upgrading the Windows software too a newer version?

From what I've gathered, would it be to check out the current version installed, uninstall it and then install the new one?

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answered 2013-10-21 23:34:16 -0600

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updated 2013-10-22 12:35:22 -0600

GregLarkin gravatar image

Puppet natively provides support for managing exe and msi type packages, e.g. to install mysql silently:

package { 'mysql': 
  ensure          => installed, 
  source          => 'path\to\mysql-5.5.16-winx64.msi', 
  install_options => [ '/S', { 'INSTALLDIR' => 'C:\mysql-5.5' } ], 

Note that you must specify the path to the package, which can be a UNC path, mapped drive, etc. You should also specify the necessary options to install the package silently, which can vary depending on what software was used to create the installer.

Make sure that the package name you specify, e.g. mysql, matches the name of the software once it's installed, e ... (more)

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