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  • 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: 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: What’s in a name? Using prefixes in PowerShell.

    We’ve talked about this in the past but it’s time for a reminder. PowerShell uses prefixes in front of nouns to avoid name collisions. Imagine how many collisions there would be if people used the noun “USER” directly. Instead, we have cmdlets *-ADUser, *-VPNUser, and *-RDUser...
  • Blog Post: DSC Diagnostics Module– Analyze DSC Logs instantly now!

      Have you ever witnessed a DSC Configuration run where you had no idea about what it might have done behind the scenes? Well, then your worries end here! During any DSC Operation, the DSC engine writes into windows event logs, which are like bread crumbs that the engine leaves along the way during...
  • Blog Post: Need more DSC Resources? Announcing DSC Resource Kit Wave 2

    Good news everyone! Starting today, you can use Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure Active Directory and SQL Server (including High Availability Groups) . We are pleased to release the next wave of the DSC Resource Kit – one that enables you to start using DSC to solve...
  • Blog Post: How to enable Updatable Help for your PowerShell Module

    PowerShell 3.0 lets the user update Help content on a per module basis. In this article, I will explain how you can enable this for your own PowerShell module. Prerequisites: Have a new (script/binary) module, help content for the cmdlets of the module, and a server where the help content is located...
  • Blog Post: Want to secure credentials in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration?

    As you start using Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), you might need to specify credentials for resources. In a previous post we showed you how to define a resource that has a credential property. In this post, I’ll discuss how to properly encrypt credentials when used in a DSC...
  • Blog Post: Separating "What" from "Where" in PowerShell DSC

    As you already know we introduced PowerShell Desired State Configuration to the world at our TechEd NA 2013 Session . The session also introduced the notion of structural configuration (what) and environmental configuration (where) (at the 25:50 min mark). Structural configuration defines what is needed...
  • Blog Post: Using Event Logs to Diagnose Errors in Desired State Configuration

    Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), just like any other Windows software, records errors and events in logs that can be viewed from the Event Viewer . However, the trick lies in effectively parsing these logs, so we know exactly why a particular operation failed. In this blog, we...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Gift – Desired State Configuration (DSC) Resource Kit Wave-1

    Continuing with the tradition of holiday gifts to the PowerShell community, the PowerShell team has just released DSC Resource Kit Wave-1 - a set of PowerShell modules that contain DSC resources and example configurations. The various modules that are part of DSC Resource Kit Wave 1 can be found here...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Meta Configuration in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    LCM and Meta Configuration To understand the concept of Meta Configuration, first we need to know what Local Configuration Manager (LCM) is, and what its responsibilities are. In short, LCM is the engine of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), and it runs on every target node. Whenever...
  • Blog Post: How to Deploy and Discover Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Resources

    A Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) resource contains a module file (*.psm1), an optional data file (*.psd1),and a *.schema.mof file. Details about what each of those files should look like, and how you can create those files using a DSC Resource Designer Tool, are discussed in an...
  • Blog Post: Push and Pull Configuration Modes

    Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration: Push and Pull Configuration Modes What are push and pull modes? The Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) system has two configuration modes, which are referred to as push and pull modes. Each mode allows the user to apply a desired...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell DSC Resource for configuring Pull Server environment

    DSC is a PowerShell extension that is part of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. DSC enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services and managing the environment in which these services run. A DSC Pull Server is a web-based endpoint, with an OData interface. This server...
  • Blog Post: Resource Designer Tool – A walkthrough writing a DSC resource

    At the heart of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration are the resources. It is the resources which act behind the scenes for DSC to achieve its “make it so” philosophy. DSC ships with a number of resources in-box and you can take a look here for the complete list. However, once you...
  • Blog Post: Hungry for more Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Resources?

    Now that you understand the value and need of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), and how to declaratively express the intent of machine configuration via the new configuration keyword , you might be wondering how the configuration happens. Configuration on a machine works because...
  • Blog Post: Understanding CONFIGURATION keyword in Desired State Configuration

    Desired State Configuration is a new management platform in Windows Powershell that enables devOps scenarios on Windows. It enables system administrators and devOps to configure a system declaratively, enforce the configuration and reuse configuration. One core aspect of it is the language extension...
  • Blog Post: Configuration in a DevOps world - Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    Some background A new breed of configuration management tools has been created to manage the platforms, applications, and infrastructure of the cloud, and keep the cloud running with high availability. The need for these new tools and infrastructure comes from the increase in scale, rapid rate of change...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Sessions, Slides and Demos from TechEd 2013

    We presented following sessions at this year’s edition of TechEd(s). At TechEd, we announced the newest feature in Windows PowerShell 4.0 – Desired State Configuration , so do check out the attached demos for it!! Desired State Configuration in Windows PowerShell TechEd-NA Session...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Script Explorer: Next Steps

    For those who are familiar with Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell, you know that we haven't released additional updates to it since we published the release candidate (RC) in August 2012. Over the past few months, we have been talking with customers and partners and taking a hard look...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell 3.0 SDK Sample Pack

    We're pleased to announce the availability of the Windows PowerShell 3.0 SDK Sample Pack. For Windows PowerShell 3.0, the SDK samples work a little differently than in previous releases of Windows PowerShell. For Windows PowerShell 2.0, we released a separate standalone SDK to the Download Center at...
  • Blog Post: Updatable Help speaks only English! What’s up with that?

    Our customers have certainly not been shy about their interest in multiple languages of Windows PowerShell Updatable Help, and we're grateful to hear how much they would value localized Help. Our challenge is this: Updatable Help is a new feature for this release of Windows PowerShell, and we have so...
  • Blog Post: New-Workflow –MakeItEasy: Authoring Workflows using PowerShell Extended Syntax

    Some time back, in his blog post , Jeffrey Snover introduced one of the new Windows PowerShell 3.0 feature – Windows PowerShell Workflow . In that post, you saw a glimpse of how to author workflows using PowerShell syntax. This post dives into more details of authoring workflows using PowerShell...
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