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What's a good tool to automate Windows server configuration, a la Chef on *NIX?

I know that Chef is somewhat working on Windows, but I'm sure there are some more full-featured tools that others are already using.

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(This is an old question, but) You can use Chef on Windows now, and it's support has been continually improving.

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+1 despite the necropost –  Daniel Li Aug 29 '12 at 14:56
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"Despite"? Things change! Let's (attempt to) keep info current! :-) –  gWaldo Aug 29 '12 at 15:06
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I know, I joke haha –  Daniel Li Aug 29 '12 at 15:08
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If you have money to burn you can buy MS System Center Configuration Manager

Otherwise you can put something pretty close together using group policies and custom scripts.

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You can also (since June 2013) use the Windows Desired State Configuration PowerShell tools

This video is actually quite a useful introduction to the new toolset: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B302#fbid=InraqmsI9ZP

However, unless you are absolutely certain that you'll never need to provision a single Linux box, I recommend you use Chef.

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