sql server automated install

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We have several SQL Server Installations (Both SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 R2) that I need to recreate for a Disaster Recovery excersize.

Short of performing an install and creating a configuration file, is there a way to generate the configuration file with a utility or any other way?  

IBM has a very cool Utility called db2rspgn (syntax db2rspgn  -d <directory path for response file / instance profiles> ) which goes out and interogates the DB2 LUW installation and creates what they call a response file which can be used to recreate the installation on any Server.

Does anyone know of a similar Microsoft utility for SQL Server?
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Commented:
There is no utility that I know of and there could only be a partial one created since you would have to know passwords of the Service Accounts.  If you are using the default accounts that get generated for you, then you could do it.  But SQL 2005 does not have these account types, so something would have to be done for that version.

You could create one by using the items in the documentation.

I may just create a script tonight that would gather the items that you need to run an unattended and then you can tweak the output for those items you cannot get.

Back in a while.
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For now you should look at this. There are more parameters that could not be derived, but you have the ability to install completely from the commandline without an answer file.

So you can just create your commandline and go from there.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144259.aspx

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