We're going to try a run at Chocolatey and Boxstarter for some Windows-based machine imaging.
Until now, we have been installing test machines by hand and maintaining them over long periods of time. Now that we've discovered the ready-to-roll Amazon AMI images for Windows Server, we're ready to start using a better approach.
The game plan is this:
- Standard Windows 2012 AMI from Amazon
- Amazon Cloudformation script that installs Chocolatey after booting windows, then runs boxstarter script
- Boxstarter package that gets SQL Server, ASP.NET, and VersionOne installed
This means we'll be attempting to package VersionOne as a Chocolatey package! We think this will make things a bit easier for our customers _and_ our Hosted services guys too.