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Is Chef, Puppet, etc able to be pointed at an existing Linux server and suck down 100% of the 'stuff' that would be required to build the server OS/package-versions/custom-files/etc including the build order?

(Guessing not, but believe I was lead to believe this from a talk I heard last year.)

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+1 for the answer pointing to blueprint. The difference between the two tools is that Chef takes a blank server and describes how to make it into what you want, and blueprint takes what you already have and figures out how to build it. –  Tim Potter Mar 5 '13 at 7:03

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I think the tool you're looking for is blueprint.

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Thanks, possible linking to the other questions related to blueprint might be of use to someone that runs across this page. –  dynodano Mar 6 '13 at 0:20

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