I've seen a lot of threads on here about ways to refresh a Salesforce instance using one or a combination of tools (Eclipse, Jenkins, ANT, etc), but my question is, is there anyway to make this process automated without using any third party tools? Is there a way that anyone has been able to connect with a parent organization and bring over all relevant metadata? How do 3rd party tools accomplish this?
I would like to use the standard refresh process as much as possible, however we do have some limits with the refresh rate.
I know the question is a little vague, but I'm just trying to gauge how other organizations perform the task of easily keeping their dev environments in sync.