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  • 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

    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 carelessly and insufficiently. Below...
  • 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, if you...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Reusing Existing Configuration Scripts in PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    You are an expert in PowerShell DSC (or maybe not an expert, just someone playing around with configurations in DSC) and have already written fairly large and complex configurations for configuring your environment/data center. Everything is working well and you are a great fan of DSC. There’s...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a SQL High Availability Group with DSC

    Let's use DSC to configure something complicated! In past blogs, we’ve shown you how to use Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration ( DSC ) to configure relatively simple systems. However, the technologies you deal with on a day to day basis can sometimes become complicated. Don’t...
  • 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...
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