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The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 is available for download

Jan 20 2012

NOTE: This Hydration kit has been updated (this was during the ConfigMgr 2012 beta), you probably want to use this one instead:

The Hydration Kit for System Center 2012 R2 is available for download
http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/149/The-Hydration-Kit-for-System-Center-2012-R2-is-available-for-download.aspx


Here is a download for deploying a complete ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 infrastructure in either Hyper-V or VMware: One Domain Controller and one ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 member server – Including pre-requisites like .Net Framework, SQL 2008 R2 SP1 CU4 and IIS - all fully automated.



Once configured, the total build time for the full ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 lab environment is about 1.5 hours (on my laptop).



Download the Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 (137 kb).



To build the lab there are three steps you need to do

  1. Download the necessary software
  2. Prepare the hydration deployment solution
  3. Deploy your virtual machines

Update 2012-01-21: For additional helpful notes, please read Erik Nilssons (ntrpnr a.k.a @dakire on twitter) SysMgmt Blog

http://ntrpnr.posterous.com/johan-arwidmarks-sccm-2012-rc2-hydration-kit



Update 2012-04-06: Using the kit on Windows 8:

Odd Magne added a comment (and solution) for running the Hydration Kit on Windows 8 which comes with PowerShell 3.0. There is a know issue with the 'Import-Module' and 'Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility'. The workaround that Odd pointed out is to run PowerShell 2.0 when running the scripts. PowerShell.exe -Version 2 (You can run the command at any command prompt, including Windows PowerShell and Cmd.exe)







Detailed instructions are further down this page...

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The Task Sequence that builds the CM01 Server (Member Server with SQL, WDS, IIS and ConfigMgr 2012 RC2)







Hydration Instructions

Note: By default the Hydration is using the C:\ drive of the host, if you want to use another drive, simply change C:\ for D:\ in the powershell scripts.



Step 1 - Download the necessary software

On the machine (client or server) that you use to manage Hyper-V or VMware, create the C:\Downloads folder and download the following software (trial versions are ok too):

  • ConfigMgr 2012 RC2

  • MDT 2010 Update 1

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 x64

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Update x64 (KB 2528583)

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4 Update x64 (KB 2633146)

  • Sysinternals BGInfo

  • Windows AIK 2.0 (named Windows AIK for Windows 7 v3.0 on Microsoft download)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1



Step 2 - Prepare the Hydration environment

  1. On your Hyper-V or VMware management machine, make sure PowerShell is installed.

     
  2. Extract Windows AIK 2.0 (or mount the ISO using an ISO mounting tool like SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive), and install Windows AIK 2.0 with the default settings.

     
  3. Install MDT 2010 Update 1 with the default settings.

     
  4. Extract the HydrationCM2012RC2.zip file to C:\. You should now have a C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source folder with a few folders and PowerShell scripts.

     
  5. In a PowerShell command prompt, configure Execution Policy in PowerShell, by typing the following command:



    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force

  6. In the PowerShell command prompt, create the Hydration Deployment Share by running the following command:



    C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source\1_CreateHydrationDeployment.ps1

  7. Copy the following folders from C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source\HydrationDS to C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS, replace any existing files.



    Applications

    Control

    Operating Systems

    Scripts

  8. Extract the ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 installation files to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - ConfigMgr 2012 RC2\Source folder.

     
  9. To download the latest ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 pre-requisites, run the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - ConfigMgr 2012 RC2\Source\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64\Setupdl.exe application. In the path textbox, browse to C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - ConfigMgr 2012 RC2\PreReqs and click Download.

     
  10. Copy the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - ConfigMgr 2012 RC2\Source\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64\EXTADSCH.exe file to C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Configure - Extend AD for ConfigMgr 2012\Source.

     
  11. Copy the SQL Server 2008 R2 x64 installation files to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - SQL Server 2008 R2\Source folder.

     
  12. Copy the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64 installation files to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - SQL Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 (Update)\Source folder

     
  13. Copy the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4 installation file to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4\Source folder

     
  14. Copy the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - ConfigMgr 2012 RC2\PreReqs\dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe file to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - NET FrameWork 4.0\Source folder

     
  15. Extract your BGInfo installation files and copy them to C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Applications\Install - BGInfo \Source

  16. Extract your Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1 installation files (or mount the ISO using an ISO mounting tool like SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive), and copy them to the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationDS\Operating Systems\Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 folder

     
  17. In the PowerShell command prompt, create the Hydration Media Item by running the following command:



    C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source\2_CreateHydrationMediaItem.ps1

  18. Copy the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source\Media001\Control folder to C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationISO\Content\Deploy, replace existing files

     
  19. In the PowerShell command prompt, update the Hydration Media Item (and create the ISO) by running the following command:



    C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\Source\3_UpdateHydrationServersMedia.ps1

Step 3 – Create and deploy the virtual machines

  1. In your virtual environment, make sure to have a dedicated virtual network for your virtual machines (since one of them will run a DHCP Server).

     
  2. Copy the C:\HydrationCM2012RC2\HydrationISO\HydrationCM2012RC2.iso file to wherever folder you use store ISO files in your virtual environment.

     
  3. Using either Hyper-V Manager or VMware Sphere, create a virtual machine named DC01 with a 300 GB hard drive, and at least 1 GB of RAM. Configure the virtual machine to use the virtual network dedicated for the Hydration, and to boot from the HydrationCM2012RC2.iso file.

     
  4. Start the DC01 virtual machine, after booting from the iso, select the DC01 Task Sequence, and wait until the setup is complete.

     
  5. Using either Hyper-V Manager or VMware Sphere, create a virtual machine named CM01 with a 300 GB hard drive, and at least 4 GB of RAM. Configure the virtual machine to use the virtual network dedicated for the Hydration, and to boot from the HydrationCM2012RC2.iso file.

     
  6. Start the CM01 virtual machine, after booting from the iso, select the CM01 Task Sequence, and wait until the setup is complete.

Additional Configuration Notes:



If you need to change server names, IP addresses, domain names etc. in the environement, all configuration is stored in the four .ini files in the Source\Media001\Control folder.



/ Johan

 

Happy deployment, and thanks for reading!
/ Johan

     
     

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