Offline Module/Help Installation

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  • #96411

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    I have a group of servers running WS2012R2 in a closed, offline environment, i.e. not connected to the internet, that I have to bring up and apply a domain configuration for. I have two external servers running WS2012R2 and WS2016, can I somehow export installed modules and help files from my external servers and install them on my servers that can't yet be connected to the internet? Do I use my configuration terminal as a PSRepository? Essentially, I have to transfer anything not already available to me via portable storage into the environment. I have liberty to make what I need except putting the domain online.


  • #96462

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    WS2012 -2016, the cmdlets are already on them. there is nothing to export / import unless you are using modules that are not part of the OS.

    Now, the help files. You can download the help files to a central server and install / update form there.

  • #96471

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    What I personally like to do with keeping a fresh set of help files in a directory that I can just easily copy to a flash drive or FTP them over a secure VPN connection. I accomplished this with a simple scheduled task and a one-liner:

    Save-Help -DestinationPath 'C:\PSHelp' -Force

    and Bob's your uncle. My scheduled task runs once a week and with the '-Force' parameter set, the old help get's overwritten each time so I know the help is always fresh. You can do this with Modules too.
    More info:

    Get-Help Save-Help -Full

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