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Totally with you. I HATE dealing with Windows server for this very reason. Whereas, even before Puppet and Chef and the like you could mostly automate the deployment and configuration of a new *nix server with shell scripts and config file templates.

Try automating the deployment of a new IIS server 8 years ago. Hell, try it today.




    > Try automating the deployment of a new IIS server 8
    > years ago. Hell, try it today.
I've tried manually setting up a new local development server a couple of times; given up either on that.

"Download this, and this. Then run the Installation Wizard and select this and this and this, and this if you want it but you might not need it. Then install this and reboot. Then run the New Server Configuration Wizard Utility Package. Then ..." (cont. 94 pages) -- every tutorial.




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