Why? My laptop frequently changes: either it breaks and after its repaired, I need to reinstall the tooling I need for software development. Or after X years, it has to be replaced (due to company policy).
Why not have an automated way to install and configure these tools?
It occured to me that Microsoft/GitHub automatically installs and configures many development tools for its virtual machines on which GitHub Actions run.
I want a similar experience, i.e., open a shell, execute commands to experiment without having first to worry about installing and configuring the tools/SDKs/Runtimes. In due time, that worry will come. Just not now.
Then, why not use the same approach for my laptop but at a smaller scale?
It worked! The tools I ended up with are listed in this file on GitHub.
I’ve also written how to setup and run Packer for such a task in the repository’s readme.
I ended up building on, and reusing, the following TILs:
- Set up and test WinRM – https://til.juliusgamanyi.com/posts/setup-winrm
- Integrate Packer with WinRM – https://til.juliusgamanyi.com/posts/packer-winrm-setup