Automated installation of Web Server 7

Fintan has a spiffy blog describing how the guys in the performance team go about automating the installation of Web Server 7. This is cool stuff not just from the perspective of getting an Admin Server running, but it can be quickly adapted to show how you can get Web Server 7 installed on a large number of nodes in a supported way and without resorting to manually finding the parts you care about, taring them up, and manually extracting them elsewhere.

Slap the installer on an NFS mount along with the state file. Mount that point on your various machines, a quick ssh command popped off to each one, and you have a cluster of nodes ready to be added to your authoritative Admin Server and receive their configurations.

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