I’ve got a strange one that is making googling for it hard: Anyone know of a software package or methodology to get a full download of software for Windows environments that requires an internet connection? I imagine for nix admins there are lots of options (find source, download, self host, change yum info etc and would hit up @oO.o ) but for Windows… I would imagine if there is such a thing for Windows @wendell would know.
Scenario: Brand X, Y and Z software builds are all small sized exe’s (Windows software) that when executed on the client reaches out to the internet to grab the rest of the installation components and then installs. I believe this is becoming more and more common place.
Many venders/devs offer offline versions for download. But in the case where that is not provided, is there a solution for grabbing a full install to be taken into an air gapped test environment? Kind of like WSUS offline?
This is all way over my head but I assume the installation exe executes some kind of call and requires connectivity and working DNS to then find a host server of the vendor for the rest of the package, some hand shakes probably involved and some loops and checks throughout the process so I know this is a huge ask, but wondering if someone has maybe made some kind of sandbox like app that can do a quasi install in a sandbox, and package that up into an exe or msi, and now it can be distributed in an environment you do not want to punch a temporary hole in the network to have internet connectivity. Maybe a feature in Chocolatey?