For a number of years now, Johan Arwidmark has been publishing Hydration Kits from his site. Hydration is the process of automating the build of an environment, either lab or production.  This is important because it provides a consistent implementation process that eliminates the possibility of misconfiguration, and quickly speeds up the creation of components that are often prerequisites to the solution you are testing.

While writing our Advanced Windows Deployments book, we created some scripts that further extend Hydration.  Today we will show you the first one of these, which we run on the Hyper-V host to automate the creation of the required virtual machines and network configurations.