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  • 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...
  • 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...
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