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I am looking for a way to keep all IIS settings, modules and Sitecore versions in sync across multiple developer environments in a team setting. Is there a way to use Sitecore Instance Manager (SIM), or other tools, to automate a development environment setup?

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We have used a powershell script that does everything:

  • install SQL databases
  • install solr and configure
  • configure IIS
  • install Sitecore
  • build base VS projects

I would suggest investigating powershell. It will give you a lot of flexibility, for example different steps for different teams.

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Another options would be to use VMware kind of software to take snapshot of complete installation of a dev machine and then create developer machines using that snapshot.

SIM is not the tool for your requirement. You can use it to create quick instance. But, not a tool provide sync environments across developer machines.

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