Johan Arwidmark, you might remember, was one of our excellent IT/Dev Connections speakers this year, delivering expert sessions and a post-con on how to utilize Microsoft technologies to automate delivery of operating systems throughout the organization. Johan, I'm sure, will be speaking at IT/Dev Connections 2014, so make sure you add this event to your list of 2014 conferences to attend.

Directly after R2 for Configuration Manager 2012 was made available on October 18, 2013, Johan went to work to update his famous Hydration Kit for the latest ConfigMgr release.

You can find the most current release (with instructions) here: The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 is available for download

What is a Hydration Kit?

A Hydration Kit is a download and a process for creating an entire Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure in a Virtual Machine (VM). The VM runs on Hyper-V or VMware and allows ConfigMgr admins to build a complete lab environment quickly. And, it's free. Johan delivers ConfigMgr training all over the world and the Hydration Kit allows him to build a training environment whenever a fresh set of training computers is needed. Johan is very community-minded, so he continues to provide his valuable Hydration Kit to the System Center community.