Calling All Chocolatiers! Whipping Up Windows Automation with Chocolatey Central Management

We are delighted to announce the release of Chocolatey Central Management v0.12.0, featuring seamless Deployment Plan creation, time-saving duplications, insightful Group Details, an upgraded Dashboard, bug fixes, user interface polishing, and refined documentation. As an added bonus we'll have members of our Solutions Engineering team on-hand to dive into some interesting ways you can leverage the new features available!

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Chocolatey Community Coffee Break

Join the Chocolatey Team on our regular monthly stream where we discuss all things Community, what we do, how you can get involved and answer your Chocolatey questions.

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Chocolatey Product Spotlight

Join the Chocolatey Team on our regular monthly stream where we put a spotlight on the most recent Chocolatey product releases. You'll have a chance to have your questions answered in a live Ask Me Anything format.

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Announcing Chocolatey Central Management 0.10.0

Livestream from
Thursday, 06 October 2022

We recently released our largest update to Chocolatey Central Management so far. Join Gary and Steph to find out more about Chocolatey Central Management and the new features and fixes we've added to this release.

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Chocolatey and Intune Overview

Webinar Replay from
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

At Chocolatey Software we strive for simple, and teaching others. Let us teach you just how simple it could be to keep your 3rd party applications updated across your devices, all with Intune!

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Chocolatey For Business. In Azure. In One Click.

Livestream from
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Join James and Josh to show you how you can get the Chocolatey For Business recommended infrastructure and workflow, created, in Azure, in around 20 minutes.

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The Future of Chocolatey CLI

Livestream from
Thursday, 04 August 2022

Join Paul and Gary to hear more about the plans for the Chocolatey CLI in the not so distant future. We'll talk about some cool new features, long term asks from Customers and Community and how you can get involved!

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Hacktoberfest Tuesdays 2022

Livestreams from
October 2022

For Hacktoberfest, Chocolatey ran a livestream every Tuesday! Re-watch Cory, James, Gary, and Rain as they share knowledge on how to contribute to open-source projects such as Chocolatey CLI.

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Chocolatey Product Spotlight: Chocolatey 1.2.0 and Chocolatey Licensed Extension 5.0.0

Livestream from
Thursday, 03 November 2022

Join Paul and Gary for this months Chocolatey product livestream where we look at the latest release of Chocolatey 1.2.0, Chocolatey Licensed Extension 5.0.0 and shine a spotlight on the new hook scripts functionality. This opens up so many possibilities for Chocolatey CLI users!

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Chocolatey Coding Livestream

Livestream from
Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Join Josh as he adds the ability to manage Chocolatey GUI config and features with the Chocolatey Ansible Collection.

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Introduction into Chocolatey with Veeam

Webinar from
Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Join Gary, Paul, and Maurice as they introduce and demonstrate how to use Chocolatey! Questions will be answered live in an Ask Me Anything format.

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Installation in Detail

Chocolatey Package Installation Location

Chocolatey packages are installed to ChocolateyInstall\lib, but the software could go to various locations, depending on how the package maintainer created the package.

Some packages are installed under ChocolateyInstall\lib, others - especially packages that are based on Windows installers (.msi files) - install to the default path of the original installer (which is most likely within Program Files).

There are also packages for which you can set a custom installation path. These packages (like ruby) use the $env:ChocolateyBinRoot environment variable. If this variable does not exist, it will be created as c:\tools e.g. C:\tools\ruby193. To change this behavior, you can set $env:ChocolateyBinRoot to an existing folder, e.g. C:\somestuff. Packages that use the environment variable will then be installed in the given subfolder, e.g. C:\somestuff\ruby193.

How Chocolatey Works with Programs, Features, and Existing Installs

Many packages use native software installers, so Chocolatey allows the installer itself to handle install/upgrade/uninstall scenarios. This means it can work directly with already installed software just by using the choco install command to make Chocolatey aware of existing software. You can also pass the --skip-powershell parameter to allow Chocolatey to install the package without running the code to install the software. This speaks to the difference between "package" and "software" discussed previously.

Chocolatey Install From Location

By default, Chocolatey installs packages from the Chocolatey Community Repository (CCR). However, you can change this by adding default sources and/or using the --source switch when running a command.

When you host internal packages, those packages can embed software and/or point to internal shares. You are not subject to software distribution rights like the packages on the CCR, so you can create packages that are more reliable and secure. See What are Chocolatey Packages for more details.

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