I'm looking into methods to consolidate configuration files. Currently I have about six different configurations like management server, workstation, terminal server, domain controller, sql2000 server, iis server, exchange server and applications servers. Method 1: One method is to create six different configuration files. This means these files share a lot of configuration items like general, amon and update settings. For every item that changes I have to update all the files. The number of configuration files is very likely to grow. Method 2: Another method I'm considering is to create one default configuration that consolidates all the similar configuration items (general, amon, update) into one file. Use this to install NOD32 and afterwards use a small configuration file to implement server specific configuration like exclusions, xmon etc. With this method I only have to maintain one general configuration files and one server specific configuration file. These files can then act as documentation for all the configured settings. Method 3: Another approach is to use method 2 and merge the general and specific xml files into one xml and use this to install NOD32, but this requires too much knowledge of xml. I'm currently investigating method 2. Are there any issues I need to consider for implementing this method or are there better alternatives?