I'm Rob Marshall, a consultant who specialises in the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager product. I like to share, i do so by blogging and helping out when I can in the MS SMS newsgroups and participating in the ConfigMgr MVP program.
I was awarded and joined the program in 2009. It'd be an understatement to say it has to be one of the best experiences an IT engineer can have, if they really enjoy specialising in a product.
My biggest weapon for troubleshooting is, my formidable knowledge, no, only joking, you, the community. I find if I cannot answer a question, then I can usually find the answer from using Bing\Google, pouring over the documentation, and if that doesn't work, tinkering in mine or someone elses virtual lab.
The blogs pretty much about ConfigMgr, but it is also a platform for me to express my random urges to display something I've stumbled across, and that I imagine would entertain you or what not as equally as it did me.
That Johan Arwidmark bloke made YAHK, Yet Another Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2. It'll build out a ConfigMgr lab environment consisting of two DC's and one Primary, using Powershell and a few bits and pieces such as W2K8R2, SQL2008.
It's very handy for rebuilds of a lab environment ... or even first time setup for a "first look" for those that don't want to go through the installation steps themselves, although doing these YAHK steps would be just as involved, but the advantage is that you could rebuild your environment pretty quickly once you have everything in-place.
I've got ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 manually installed in my lab, x1 DC, a CAS and a Primary in replication ... plenty of instructions on how to get it installed, even on this blog. I setup OSD the other night and I'm deploying Win7 and W2K8R2 pretty easily, which is a testament to the hard work that the ConfigMgr Product Group have put into this release.
What Johan has done, is given you, us, a break down of exactly what is needed to "automate" a ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 build, nice work. So you've got the base OS build process, .NET, WDS, SQL 2008, and since Johan is deployment orientainted you can understand the lack of WSUS which he probably let's Windows Update take care of ;-)
I need to get my hands on MDT 2012 so I can use it in ConfigMgr 2012, and hijack that sexy Wizard again so I can collect some data needed to build a ConfigMgr Site server hehe
Check it out here: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Blog/tabid/62/EntryId/29/YAHK-Yet-Another-Hydration-Kit-This-one-for-ConfigMgr-2012-Beta-2.aspx
Remember, Johan has a blog here which you should RSS too :-)