the field of converting any manual process into one that can be run mostly, or entirely, "hands-free"

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Setting up Tomcat on shared drive for clustered environment

We have a production environment with externally load-balanced Tomcat servers running on multiple servers, serving HTTP requests and maintaining stick sessions. Due to lack of complete build and ...
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DIY: automate cloning of Xen VMs, gold templete?

looking for DIY way without commercial tools like XenServer LabManager product.
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Software for scanning installation process? [closed]

I forgot what is the name of the very good software which make some kind of restore point (save registry, and program files folder, etc...) before installing any software. After you install some ...
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Deploy across multiple webservers, remove from load balancer on EC2

I'm wondering if there is a 3rd party application that can help me deploy a web project (website) to IIS across multiple web servers. While, taking one server out of the load balancer deploying, ...
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Automatically create test database every week

There is a production db in SQL Server. We still have development on this database and I want to create it's copy in every X day/week/month. Is there any job or something else what can make this on ...
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How can I automate the process of fetching files from remote Windows servers?

We have a handful of machines that we administer: some Windows 2003/8 and some various flavors of Unix. I need to write some sort of script/task/etc (I'm a programmer, so any language/tool is fine) ...
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How to modify configuration file from command line?

For example, I often need to login to a new virtual machine just to open "/etc/ssh/sshd_config" and set "PasswordAuthentication" option to "no". In this way, I can not automate this process. How to ...
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Automated Server cloning and deployment

I have an ERP system that requires a local installation on a Windows Terminal Server to operate properly. Right now I pay for each TS that I have the vendor install the software on directly. ...
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How to create a SQL Server database from a mysqldump file automatically on a daily basis?

Recently, a vendor announced that they were upgrading their processes, and an automated, daily data dump we are getting from them will now come in a MySQL datadump format. Unfortunately, we're a ...
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Remotely renaming a domained Win 7 computer

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to rename a Windows 7 computer remotely. This is for automating Win 7 builds in a vSphere 5 environment, and I'm trying to get it as hands-off as I can. So far ...
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How to write robust automation scripts for large scale data management?

I have been needing to automate the moving of quite large amounts of data (possibly around 1TB/day+ in average. 60TB so far, and counting) to a separate, remote storage system. I have so far been ...
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How can I automate clearing and resetting a Linux user's home directory to a default?

I'm helping to teach two Unix courses next week. Users will be granted an account on a RHEL 5 machine, during which time they'll add files to their /home folder, update their .bashrc and other ...
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What to put in startup / login / logoff scripts?

I certainly hope this question is deemed acceptable, and doesn't violate the Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. portion of ...
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How to set adequate permissions to a scheduled task for a service controller query?

I'm a programmer, but the problem encountered has stepped beyond the code and into the system administrator realm, at least that is what I think at this time. I will only use one bit of code to show ...
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Creating an Update System With Serial Number Logins

Our company has a server that is a locked down version of Linux (custom shell for users, no direct access). I am currently pushing updates to the user, but it would be more ideal for the users to do a ...
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Automating windows desktop deployment

I’d like to prefix this question by mentioning that I’m a Linux administrator, so managing a network of Windows desktops isn’t really my forte; however I’ve been tasked with upgrading a network of ...
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How can I automatically create/control VMs using vsphere?

Is it possible to automatically create virtual machines using vSphere / ESXi? How would I go about doing that? I have a script to automatically create + install windows on a VM using VirtualBox. It ...
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Local Admin and Policies

I have company/domain setup with about 150 + users. I don't want to grant the users a local admin account to prevent them from installing programs that may used to attack - harm the network or other ...
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Upgrade the Ubuntu puppet package within kickstart process

My Ubuntu based kickstart-host is almost working like it should, serving Ubuntu 10.04 (both i386 & amd64) and CentOS 5.6 to new (VMware-)hosts. One of the things that bothers me is that Ubuntu ...
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On my webserver, opinion/advice on automatically adding php-fcgi users?

I am not 100% sure of how to actually add users, however I am choosing Apache over other backends finally and that may be easier. From what I can gather, adding an fcgi user would mean adding a Linux ...
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Windows Service Based Software to Run Script Everytime a file arrives

Does anyone know of a tool were that is service based which I would be able to run a script every time a file arrives in a directory? I would write the script all I want is the tool to be a service ...
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Securing database credentials in automated deployment of nodes

In a situation where you're deploying nodes (e.g. amazon ec2), what are the recommended best practices for securing things like credentials to other resources? Without solving for scale, we might ...
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How can I script an HKCU setting for a handful of users on a specific server who don't have profiles?

Here's what I would do manually: Log onto a server with Account1 to create its Windows profile. Start Internet Explorer. Click Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Uncheck "Check for publisher's ...
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Ubuntu configure keyboard non-interactive

Im setting up some Chef scripts to build and configure a Ubuntu 11.04 instance for development. I'm having some trouble finding away of reconfiguring the keyboard with no user interaction. I tried ...
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Scripted check for a specific feature from an msi installer

I need to be able to check for the installation of a particular feature from an msi installer. For context, I need to check whether the "Powershell Cmdlets" feature (TFPS from Feature table in Orca) ...
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How to auto-start MongoDB on CentOS reboot?

How do I setup MongoDB so that it will start back up automatically after a server reboot? This is on CentOS 5.5. I start it with the following command, but if the server reboots, I have to login to ...
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Linux automated media files transcoding

I'm looking for software that would help to implement above described scenario. By automation i mean minimization of actions needed for that process. For example, it would be nice to run some daemon ...
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Application to automate Windows software installation in a test lab

I have several test environments (hyper-V) which contain a variety of windows servers. Each machine needs periodically rolling back to a given snapshot and then re-installing with the latest version ...
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How do you autostart VMware Player with VM when host server restarts?

The only thing I can think of to do is create a bat file that points to the VM in question that will auto start when a admin logs into the server. The downfall to this is that if the server goes down ...
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How can I automatically remount CIFS shares when remote servers restart?

I need to mount shared volumes from various remote servers on my local server which is running Ubuntu Server 10.10. I typically use commands like this to mount the shares: sudo mount -t cifs ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Unattended installation example?

In following-up another question, are there any sources of reliable (ie, "just works") unattended response files for Windows 2008 R2 x64 available for modification, or do you have to start with the ...
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how-to deploy files to several nodes on network automatically?

need to push(deploy) few batch files to the machines on a network. All nodes are running Windows. The batch files contain some commands to initialize an env on each node. what ways can this be ...
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What does /v/qn parameter do for windows silent installers?

This page says to do a silent install you pass in the parameters /s /v/qn. It mentions what /s does - silent install - but not what /v/qn does. So what does it do? Why the weird format? (on one ...
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Perl or Python, better suited for Unix system automation?

I have been using bash for most of my system administration tasks. I also know a bit of perl. Should I learn Python or Perl is better for system automation. So far from my experience learning perl ...
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Automatically CNAME alias subdomain to domain

I don't entirely understand the web's obsession with 'www', but accepting it, for any given web-related DNS request I usually make a point of registering both 'sub.domain.tld' and ...
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FreeBSD `freebsd-update` automation?

freebsd-update command prints updating entries after it downloaded. But it shows them with more. So I have to press some spaces to continue. Is there a way to avoid this behavior? I want to execute ...
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How to automate SSH login with password?

How to automate SSH login with password? I'm configuring my test VM, so heavy security is not considered. SSH chosen for acceptable security with minimal configuration. ex) echo password | ssh ...
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Can I get a FreeBSD `sysinstall` automation script sample?

I want to make a automatically installing FreeBSD disc. I heard that sysinstall can be automated with a configuration file. Can I get a sample. (Tutorials are even better!)
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Pros/Cons of Deploying Ruby on Rails Project Subversion Working Copy

A couple of the Rails projects on which I'm working appreciate frequent, incremental updates, which I think is great. Our current deployment strategy is manual but we're considering switching to an ...
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Experience with MQ File Transfer Edition?

We've got several processes that move files across servers - SFTP, FTP, SCP; Windows, Linux, AIX; there is a workflow component (usually require a control file with filenames and hash values to move a ...
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How can I automate a GUI App?

I need to automate a small GUI Windows app. It needs to be run twice a week to synchronise two databases, but with no operator intelligence behind it. Literally, it's launch the app, and perform two ...
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Find a process by name and kill it

So, I want to send a kill to a process, I know it's name ps -ef | grep '_rails master' root 2388 1 0 19:46 ? 00:00:04 unicorn_rails master -c /web/hero/config/unicorn.rb -E ...
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Automatic compile on apt-get upgrade?

i'm a big fan of Ubuntu and eaccelerator, but alas, I have found no good repositories for the binaries. Sadly eaccelerator needs to be compiled after every php update on Ubuntu, and even on Lucid ...
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batch installing windows update from a local server?

Hi I work for a small PC repair business and installing Windows updates is one of the most dreadful tasks I have to do. Constantly rebooting, and clicking buttons, it gets tiresome. I'm sure ...
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Automounting with udev

Currently my distribution of choice (ArchLinux) has an automounting script like this: KERNEL!="sd[a-z][0-9]", GOTO="media_by_label_auto_mount_end" But that will automount only partitions up to ...
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Notes 6: Anyway to access the Lotus Notes server console via Telnet/SSH/WMI/Powershell?

I'm trying to automate a lot of tasks at my new company using Powershell. So far, I've had a lot of success with their server and network monitoring, but one thing that alludes me is whether they is ...
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Automated monitoring of a remote system that sends email alerts

I need to monitor a remote system where the only access I have is that I can subscribe to email alerts of completed/failed jobs. I would like a system that can monitor these emails and provide an SMS ...
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Is it possible to upload only files that have been updated into a server?

Suppose I have a server accessible via FTP and it hosts websites Suppose I want to edit the website locally so it wont affect the site live, and suppose I edit a whole bunch of files, and I don't ...
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Git Repo to mantain the app configurations in several servers

I need to versioning in a GIT repository, configurations of a particular platform, spread across multiple servers. Take into account that in each of these servers there are completely different ...
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MCollective alternative?

I really want to run MCollective on my fleet of servers however there are a large number of untrusted users on each machine which makes using MCollective not ideal in my eyes. I'm aware that there is ...