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  • Blog Post: Development builds for DSC Resources are available

    Note: This blog post is intended to people who participate in the development of DSC Resources on GitHub . We are pleased to announce that we've made developments builds available for all DSC Resource modules on GitHub . From now on, every time Pull Request gets merged, we produce a package with latest...
  • Blog Post: What's new in DSC Resource Kit

    It’s been another busy month and we’ve seen lots of enthusiasm from many of you to help improve the DSC Resource Kit . In only the last couple of weeks we’ve merged 90 pull requests , 8 new resources have been added to 4 modules (xDefender, xExchange, xWebAdministration, xWindowsUpdate...
  • Blog Post: Azure DSC Extension v2.1 released

    NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history . Today we released version 2.1 of the Azure DSC Extension, with a bug fix for ARM deployments. The bug we fixed would produce this error message in some ARM deployments: “File lock (C:\Packages...
  • Blog Post: Registration is Now Open to Publish on PowerShell Gallery

    We are excited to announce that, as of today, the PowerShell Gallery will accept registration from any users who wish to publish PowerShell modules and share their work with the world. For the past year, the PowerShell Gallery has been slowly adding content from our closest community contributors...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: Documenting DSC Part 2

    In a previous post , we introduced the team of writers working on documenting DSC. (You can always contact them at DSCIX@microsoft.com .) We’ve started out by bringing the existing documentation up to date (the topics for all of the built-in resources have been brought current, for example) and...
  • 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: Documenting DSC

    We have a new team of content developers focusing on documenting Desired State Configuration (DSC). Led by our manager Steve Kaczmarek, the team comprises Jaime Ondrusek, Corey Plett, and Eric Slesar. A little background: Steve – I joined Microsoft in 2003 and manage the Management and Automation...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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...
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