Windows infrastructure automation
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Published: Mar 16, 2012
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2014
Previously, support for Windows in tools like Chef and Puppet was lacking, leading to large amounts of Powershell scripting to achieve simple infrastructure automation tasks. Achieving the same level of automation for Windows was more challenging than for Unix. In the last 12 months however, both Chef and Puppet support for Windows has improved drastically. That support, combined with the inherent power of Powershell makes Windows infrastructure automation extremely viable.
Mature tools such as PowerShell, together with newer options such as Chef and Puppet, lead us to highlight Windows infrastructure automation on this edition of the technology radar. Manual configuration using a mouse and menu options is slow and leads to misconfiguration and “snowflake” machines in an unknown state. We recommend command-line tools for their clarity and scriptability.