Hydration Kit V3 is out

HYDV3This hydration kit is basically what we use internally to build labs, POC,s and demo environment. It does require Hyper-v on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. With this kit you can deploy ready made VMs in a very short time. The kit handles to deploy

Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 in various readymade configurations like, Domain Controller, Fileservers, Print Server, Management Server, Remote Desktop Servers and some more

Windows Client

Windows 7 and Windows 8 with or without Office 2012 or Office 2013

System Center 2012 SP1

System Center 2012 SP1, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, App Controller and Service Manager (In the SM case, you can chose between Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2, in the later it will also install SharePoint and the Self Service portal

SQL Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 with SQL Server 2012 installed

If you need support and help my best bet is the FB group we have

the kit can be downloaded from!ArbcTRNPMGOFlDW11OOuh2FZhA1R



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  1. This is the most incredible collection of software that I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. Even though I’ve yet to complete all the downloads necessary to deploy it, i’ll be spending the next few weeks trying to make sense of all of the code so that I could modify it to fit my needs.

    Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this, and I really hope that i’ll be able to decipher it all!

  2. Hi Mike, I’ve downloaded and installed the kit on an existing WS2012 Hyper-V box, executed all powershell scripts and finally used the createVM.ps1 which works great, thank you! But what if I want the install a bare metal server, can I use the kit also for this? Or is Hyper-V,MDT2012, ADK always a requirement, this is stil unclear for me…

  3. just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your work. this kit and its predecessors have intrigued, challenged, confounded, educated, inspired, and enlightened me greatly over the last several years. this work, along with that of johan’s and niehaus have rewritten the playbooks for IT Consulting Practices on a global level. The effort and cost required for initial infrastructure builds has limited long term benefit for the end customer. through the use of your kits, scripts, and the concepts they entail, we’re now able to focus our efforts on operation and maintenance of the environments we’re building, much to the delight of clients who must assume the reigns when our work is done.

  4. Any plans to put it up to github or codeplex or similar? Would be nice to be able to issue pull requests on fixes and or additions for templates

  5. Great work … Looking forward on the Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 update on this.

  6. Hi there,

    Looks like the Windows 7 evaluation has been removed from the TechNet Evaluation site. Any ideas where I can download this?

    The link for Windows 7 redirects to the Windows 8 evaluation.


  7. I managed to find the Windows 7 Eval link, but the SharePoint 2010 Foundation is definitely not out there anymore.

    Thank you

  8. Hi all,
    can someone please tell me how to join the servers to a existing Active Directory domain?.

    kind regards

  9. When I click on the link for downloading the hydration kit – , it says “The website declined to show this webpage” . I googled this page – . It talks about – The Hydration Kit for System Center 2012 R2 is available for download – I am a real newbie, so I am not sure what “system Center” implies. I am just trying to use the hydration to build labs to study for – Mcsa Windows Server 2012 . Does this sound like it would be the right hydration kit for me?

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