This weeks task was to setup a SP2010 medium server farm. It took half a day, and using this powershell script to install the index server was AWESOME! You must edit the files before you run them, to add your own db names, servers etc, but once that is done it’s a really fast setup! And, it also gives your default SP databases nice names, not GUIDs! The only databases it doesnt setup names for, are Application Registry, BDC and Search dbs:
Link to script here, at Codeplex.