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  • Blog Post: Validate features of PowerShell DSC

  • Blog Post: Use DSC to manage WMI namespace security

  • Blog Post: DSC Resource Kit flourishes as open source

    We are excited to announce the recent updates which were made to DSC Resource Kit since open sourcing it on GitHub ! We were working hard on improving coverage and robustness of DSC as well as saw incredible engagement from the community in the recent months. That effort resulted in adding 32 new DSC...
  • Blog Post: Want to write a DSC resource where only a single instance can be configured?

    I've heard from a few DSC resource authors that they need a method to implement a resource that has a single instance; a singleton. The problem they encountered is a DSC resource must define a Key property but singleton resources generally should not have a key because there is only one instance that...
  • Blog Post: Looking Forward: Microsoft Support for Secure Shell (SSH)

    As Microsoft has shifted towards a more customer-oriented culture, Microsoft engineers are using social networks, tech communities and direct customer feedback as an integral part on how we make decisions about future investments. A popular request the PowerShell team has received is to use Secure Shell...
  • 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: Community Feedback and Microsoft Connect

    Community feedback is an integral part of any software development cycle. That's why we continue to release new preview versions of Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 : so that we can hear about and fix real-world problems before they ship with the next version of Windows. Historically, our guidance...
  • Blog Post: ISE Module Browser - A new way to manage your PowerShell modules

    High quality reusable modules, like LEGO pieces, enable IT Pros to build automation solutions in minutes! Where can I find those high quality reusable modules? One way is to use PowerShellGet , a set of cmdlets to find, install, and publish modules through the PowerShell Gallery via the console. Today...
  • 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: WMF 5.0 Preview: Defining "experimental designs" and "stable designs"

    Over the recent releases of Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview (find the latest here ), we’ve distributed some new functionality and heard some wonderful feedback. As we improve on these features and as more users start to use Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview, we feel the need to...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
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