Thought it worth a quick post to catch any newbies to SharePoint and also to signpost some additions to the automated SharePoint farm build arena.
If you’ve only every used the GUI and done the ‘spousal’* install (as brian alderman calls it) then you should take a look at the following.
AutoSPInstaller – end to end installation automation for SP2010/SP2013
AutoSPSourceBuilder – download and slipstream all the required files to make sure your doing the latest installation.
AutoSPInstallerGUI – It can be hard to keep your XML accurate and updated for AutoSPInstaller – this GUI tool takes away the pain.
Update – (via Yammer community) some more great deployment scripts this time with an Azure focus
And this one from Chris Johnson that builds on the above and also covers some gotcha.
Enjoy and be sure to feedback to the authors if you have any ideas or to just thank them for the great work.
* ‘spousal’ install – just go, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes to every question in the wizard – quote from @BrianAlderman