Generate an AutoSPInstaller XML Configuration File

SPDocKit helps you generate an XML configuration file that you can use with AutoSPInstaller to create a new SharePoint farm that is the same as or similar to your current farm environment.

The configuration file reduces the time needed to deploy SharePoint, and since everything is reusable, you can create production and staging/testing environments that are identical.

It’s an open-source project that helps SharePoint administrators to provision SharePoint farms automatically. The input is an XML file that contains the farm topology along with all the other details of your farm. Based on that input, AutoSPInstaller will install and prepare everything for you.

How does it work?

  • Generate an XML configuration file for AutoSPInstaller with SPDocKit.
  • Check the farm settings using AutoSPInstaller Online.
  • Make changes to the farm settings if necessary.
  • The file is reusable and can be used to create a numbers of farms.

With the combination of SPDocKit and AutoSPInstaller, you can easily copy the configuration of SharePoint farm A and deploy it to farms B and C.

Copy a Configuration Between Farms

Say you are tasked with creating two farms with exactly the same configuration as an existing farm, but you don’t want to do this manually. With the combination of SPDocKit and AutoSPInstaller, you can easily copy the configuration of SharePoint farm A and deploy it to farms B and C.

Easily generate an XML configuration file in SPDocKit

Watch the video or follow the steps below to learn how to generate an XML configuration file easily based on your existing farm. Save time when installing SharePoint on other machines.

  1. Load your existing farm and create a snapshot with the entire documentation for your farm.
  2. Start the AutoSPInstaller Configuration File Wizard.
  3. Specify the farm account details for your new farm.
  4. Define the server mappings.
  5. Replace your source accounts with other domain accounts.
  6. Provide passwords for your managed accounts and additional service app settings.
  7. Map between different accounts in the source and new farm.
  8. Choose what kinds of application you want to provision with the names you want to use.
  9. Define the mappings for host names and databases.
  10. Generate the configuration file.

After you configure an XML file in SPDocKit, visit AutoSPInstaller Online to validate the settings. Use that XML file as the input to another SharePoint server to create a farm that matches your settings.

The procedure is simple and it will save time if you need to generate everything for a SharePoint environment.

  • We have prepared a guide through this feature with a video demo.