Scripting installations of SQL Server 2008 is much easier than it is with SQL Server 2005 because of the ConfigurationFile.ini. Even if you don't script your installations, you should review the contents of this file to verify that the installation transpired as intended. Although it is possible to script a SQL Server 2005 installation, you can't capture an interactive installation and replay it. When SQL Server 2008 is installed, a ConfigurationFile.ini file is created in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\yyyymmdd_hhmmss. To use ConfigurationFile.ini with the installation wizard, select Advanced and Install based on configuration file. If you need to make changes to the file before performing another installation, it is a best practice to make a copy and work with the copy. From an auditing and compliance perspective, each installation's ConfigurationFile.ini file should be preserved in its original state as verification of the initial state of the SQL Server installation.
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About John Paul Cook
John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2