AutoSPSourceBuilder heads to the PowerShell Gallery!

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File under “why didn’t I do this years ago??”

You can now easily install AutoSPSourceBuilder (my PowerShell-based utility for downloading SharePoint updates and integrating them into the installation media) from the PowerShell Gallery.

TL;DR:

Install-Module -Name AutoSPSourceBuilder

No more need to browse to the GitHub repo, download the zip, extract it, etc. The simple one-liner above will (on any modern Windows machine with installed-by-default PowerShellGet etc.) automatically download and install AutoSPSourceBuilder.ps1 to your default Scripts directory, and make it available to directly run in any PowerShell sessions you launch.

What’s more, the AutoSPInstaller.xml update inventory file, updated on a (roughly) monthly basis and previously bundled with the script, is now by default automatically downloaded at script run-time to ensure you have the latest set of SharePoint updates to choose from. If however for any reason you want to use your own XML inventory, you can opt to skip the xml download and use a local copy of the inventory file by including the new¬†-UseExistingLocalXML switch parameter.

Now that I finally realized just how ridiculously easy it is to publish a script to the Gallery, you can expect to see some more of my stuff make its way there in the near future.

Hopefully this latest batch of changes makes it easier to keep the AutoSPSourceBuilder SharePoint update management tool… updated!

Cheers
Brian

AutoSPInstaller and AutoSPSourceBuilder now work with SharePoint Server 2019

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Just in time for the release of the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview, I’ve made probably the most significant updates to two of my open-source offerings in a while… AutoSPInstaller will now install and create a SharePoint 2019 farm (using the Public Preview bits), and AutoSPSourceBuilder will download and integrate the SharePoint 2019 prerequisites – so you can install SharePoint 2019 while offline, without an Internet connection on the target server(s).

Also, I’ve finally converted the AutoSPInstaller functions file to a PowerShell module (!) This should improve the ability to run individual functions, as I plan to make some or all of the functions more easily executable on their own, without depending on or referencing an XML input file.

Check them out, and let me know what you think!

Cheers

PFE Ramblings: SharePoint 2019, SharePointDSC and AutoSPInstaller

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With the recent announcement and release of the Public Preview of SharePoint Server 2019, my fellow PFE Nik Charlebois and I thought we’d record a quick chat of our thoughts on the state of things around SharePoint and two of the most popular automated installation approaches, SharePointDSC and AutoSPInstaller.

Head on over to Nik’s blog for the full run-down, and a recording of our chat as well.

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