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If you do this for fully automatic disaster recovery purposes, it might be worthwhile, but otherwise you have to think about if you actually save anything by investing the significant amount of time you need to reliably (!) automate what should be a very rare one-off operation (if you have to do this all the time, something's very wrong in your environment)....


Using Configuration Management (CM) tooling such as Puppet, Ansible, Chef or Salt needs a fundamental change in the way you think about configuration. If you think about configuration as a one-time event, you will never see (or realise) any benefit from using CM. The main power of CM is the ability to express your desired configuration as code. Once you ...

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