Very impressed by the DB breakout changes in the latest versions. Awesome!
Though it took me 20 minutes to figure out why I couldn't connect to a remote SQL server using a standard connection attempt , which we've done a million times before. Until I noticed that the parameter
DBAlias Create="true" was set, by default. This of course meant that AutoSPInstaller had set a local alias on the SharePoint server which was erroneously trying to use the default parameter
I had to manually delete this alias via 'cliconfg.exe' and set DBAlias Create="false" to get it to connect by DB servername directly this time around.
Just a heads up to anybody else that fails to catch this subtle difference on thier first run. I might also suggest returning this value to
DBAlias Create="false" as the default in future releases.