What kind of automation technology are you looking for?
We have a few options.
Hope this helps,
Sorry, seemed to have missed this comment.
I personally do not have any experience with SOL for Linux but it might be worth a try using that in addition to some of the above technologies. Hoping someone else can help with more info.
As far as I know, I don't think so. We have automated Collector installs for the more popular software configuration tools like Chef, Ansible, Puppet, Powershell. I am not very familiar with SALT, would it be possible to use some of the existing automation scripts and make some changes to it? All those scripts I linked more or less follow the same syntax.