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  • Blog Post: MSIgnite BRK4452 - Writing Windows PowerShell DSC Resources and Configurations

    Recordings of MS Ignite 2015 session BRK4452 : Writing Windows PowerShell DSC Resources and Configurations are now available online . As mentioned in the session you can download the demo modules using the following code: Find-Module -Tag BRK4452 -OutVariable Modules $Modules | % { Install...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell DSC for Linux is now available!

    We are pleased to announce that PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux (version 1) is available for download. You can now use the powerful Desired State Configuration (DSC) platform to manage the configuration of both Windows and Linux workloads with a familiar PowerShell interface. Bringing...
  • Blog Post: Desired State Configuration Resources for PackageManagement Providers

    Introduction You may have heard of, or even already used PackageManagement (aka OneGet). Recently, I was reading the OneGet blog and OneGet in GitHub, and decided to give it a try by installing the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 Preview April 2015 . I found that PackageManagement provides...
  • Blog Post: DSC Resource Kit Moved to GitHub

    We are proud to announce that the entire DSC Resource Kit has been open-sourced on GitHub. This means that we will be iterating and releasing these DSC resources quicker than ever before. It also means that we will be collaborating more openly with the community by accepting GitHub pull requests into...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Get-AzureVMDscExtensionStatus cmdlet for Azure Powershell DSC Extension

  • Blog Post: Introducing DSC Resource Kit Wave 10

    Happy 10th anniversary to the DSC Resource Kit! Wave 10 is now available on TechNet and in the PowerShell Gallery. We have a few new resources this month and a number of significant bug fixes made to existing resources that are critical in our march towards stability and robustness. All in all, there...
  • Blog Post: Another Holiday Present From the PowerShell Team - DSC Reskit Wave 9

    Here’s a holiday gift from the PowerShell team – the DSC Resource Kit wave 9. You can find it right here . This wave has something for everyone, we hope. There are 34 new DSC resources across 13 modules! We have also incorporated your feedback, and made fixes to several existing resources...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell DSC Resource Design and Testing Checklist

    DSC Resource Design and Testing Checklist   Writing Desired State Configuration Resources is not trivial and there’s many things which can go wrong. You should always spend significant amount of time testing resources you create. This task, although critical for quality, is often overlooked or performed...
  • Blog Post: Powershell DSC ResKit Wave 8: Now with 100+ Resources!

    The DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 has landed ! You can find it right here . This wave contains an astounding 48 resources, our largest release ever! We just went from 90 resources released via the Resource Kit to 138 , a whopping 53% boost! We didn’t just creep across the 100 resources line, we blew...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell DSC Does Exchange!

    One of the more complex products to deploy and configure has just been made easier with the release of the xExchange PowerShell DSC Resource Module . Mike Hendrickson, the creator of these resources, has begun documenting how to use PowerShell DSC to deploy & configure Exchange in the article...
  • Blog Post: Continuing the DSC Resource Kit Additions – Wave 7 is Live

    The DSC Resource Kit Wave 7 update has been published, and is now available. You can download all of the resources from the DSC Resource Kit (All Resources) topic, and also find them by using PowerShellGet . This wave contains 4 new DSC Resources, which brings the total count of resources over 90 since...
  • Blog Post: Secure credentials in the Azure PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) extension

    UPDATE 11/21/2014: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history . We have updated the Azure Extension Handler to v1.1! Release notes for v1.1 The DSC extension will be upgraded to v1.1 automatically the next time the virtual machine restarts. However...
  • Blog Post: DSC Resource Kit Wave 6 Is Here

    The DSC Resource Kit Wave 6 Is Available The DSC Resource Kit Wave 6 has been released! This wave contains 5 new DSC Resources, taking us up over 80 resources between the Resource Kit and what is shipping in Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2. In addition to these resources we are rolling out today...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Azure PowerShell DSC (Desired State Configuration) extension

    UPDATE 11/4/2014: For information on using PSCredential objects, please refer to this blog post . UPDATE 11/21/2014: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history . Earlier this year Microsoft released the Azure VM Agent and Extensions as part of the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Chef with PowerShell DSC Now Public!

    Many of you have seen the demos done by our friends at Chef, which show how they planned to leverage PowerShell DSC. Those plans are now public as of the publishing of the PowerShell DSC Cookbook for Chef announced in the recent blog post by Adam Edwards. Check it out here: http://www.getchef.com...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Secure Environment using PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    Introduction: Traditionally, IT environments have secured their business critical information against external threats by adding additional layers of security to the org’s network (e.g. firewalls, DMZs, etc.). However many of today’s attacks are coming from inside the network so a new...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 5 Arrives

    The PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 5 is now available for your use. This wave contains 10 new DSC resources, taking us up to 77 total resources between the Resource Kits and what is shipping in Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2. In response to a number of requests, DSC Reskit Wave 5 also includes an end-to...
  • Blog Post: DSC Resource Kit Wave 4 is Live!

    The value and number of PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) resources coming from Microsoft continues to grow. As of the release of DSC Resource Kit Wave 3, we were up to 50 total. Now, we're happy to announce the DSC Resource Kit Wave 4. This wave contains 16 new DSC resources, taking...
  • Blog Post: Wish I can author DSC Resource in C#!!

    In previous blog , we learned how one can use their PowerShell skills to author DSC resources very easily. Still there are folks (we met some at TechEd NA) who want to author their DSC resources using C# because they are more productive with it than PowerShell language. Well, you can fully leverage the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux

    For those of you fortunate enough to be at TechEd North America last week, you might have seen Jeffrey Snover announcing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for Linux ! (If you missed that session, you can watch a replay of it online ). We are excited to announce the initial availability...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Import-DscResource Keyword in Desired State Configuration

    Desired State Configuration resources are used to model and change the state of different components of the system. In an earlier blog post , we discussed details about deploying and discovering those resources and introduced Import-DscResource dynamic keyword. In this post, we will discuss some more...
  • Blog Post: Debug Mode in Desired State Configuration

    The DSC engine caches resources implemented as a PowerShell module for efficiency purposes. This can sometimes turn out to be annoying, when you are authoring a resource and testing it simultaneously. The only way to cause DSC to load the newer version every time is to explicitly kill the process hosting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework V5 Preview

    The Windows Management Framework V5 Preview is out! Check out Jeffrey Snover's announcement here . The preview contains updates to PowerShell Desired State Configuration, as well as two new features: NetworkSwitch cmdlets and Windows PowerShell OneGet. OneGet is designed to dramatically simplify how...
  • Blog Post: DSC Resource Kit Wave 3

    In September, Microsoft released PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) with twelve built in resources. Three months later (December), we added eight more resources with Wave One of the DSC Resource Kit. Two months after that (February), we totaled fourteen additional resources with...
  • Blog Post: Want to Automatically Configure Your Machines Using DSC at Initial Boot-up?

    Often times, IT Pros want to automate software installation and configuration upon a machine’s initial boot-up. This blog will walk you through how to use Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to do this. We will show you how to prepare and inject DSC configurations into your bootable...
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