When you deploy a VM, not only does it take some time, once you get your hands on it there are a slew of things that need to be configured, installed, and set up before you can truly be productive on the machine.  Considering this ‘wasted effort’ I created a PowerShell script to install useful third-party tools for development and testing on Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.

It currently installs 15 third-party utilities, as well as, making Windows configuration changes and optimizing SQL and the VM disk for performance.

Check out the Prepare-D365DevelopmentMachine script on Github:

I am looking for contributions to the script.  What do you do to set up your development machine?  Comment below or message me @dodiggitydag.