Scripting Ninite using Autotask Endpoint Management (AEM)

This guide is for informational purposes only. Autotask does not directly offer support on any issues raised with third party components.

Scripting Ninite for automated installs can only be done with a Ninite Pro account. There is a free version, but it doesn't have the same command line or unattended functionality.

Ninite is a service that allows you to install or update multiple applications on multiple endpoints through a single executable. The power of that functionality really increases, however, when you start to add the sort of automation, scheduling and alerting that Autotask Endpoint Management (AEM) can deliver.

There are two functions that Ninite will commonly be used for alongside AEM:

  • The installation or updating of a specific application or applications
  • Managing general application updates for all manageable apps on a device

How to...

General Advice

We recommend that, as with all new components, test this out on a couple of devices to make sure you understand what it's doing and how it works, then schedule it to run on a regular basis. Bear in mind that lots of applications updating in the background may make the user feel their device is running slowly, so be careful when you schedule it.

You may also want to investigate using the cache feature in Ninite to reduce Internet bandwidth usage, since 100 devices all downloading Google Earth at the same time will be quite a large download.


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