In distributing software to customers (particularly through an IT group), a lot of the NIPM interaction ends up happening through batch files in an automated way. In these types of instances we're running into either:
a) we want a hard lock on the software version (software is propagated through internal feeds) or
b) the system may have intermittent/limited internet connectivity or a proxy is in use.
When installing NI products, release feeds are automagically added to the feed list... and I REALLY don't want them there.
There's a nice GUI button to disable this... but again... trying to do thing as "hands-off" for the user as possible.
Supposedly this used to be possible through editing a config file: