An Excellent Example of Automating Installation and Configuration
In a recent article on Sun Developer Network, Perl Scripts Offer Quick, Accurate Installation and Configuration of Sun Java System Directory Server, Sun's Jonathan Gershater demonstrates how to automate the process. Hosted with the article are examples of the script and the log.
Someone told me years ago that, by and large, computers and software were invented to accurately, consistently, and efficiently do repetitive work. The magic that Jonathan advocates with his article attests to that theory.