[INFO] Debugging DSC with PowerShell V5

Paul Higinbotham has written a great article about how to debug DSC Class Resources. He also added some great examples.

Read the full article on Microsoft Windows Powershell Blog

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[INFO] DSC Resource Kit updates are here!

Karol Kaczmarek summarized the latest DSC infos and modules at the Windows PowerShell Blog

Over the last month we’ve accepted 47 pull requests, fixed 16 issues, updated 9 modules and added 5 new resources! The new resources are xExchMaintenanceMode, xExchMailboxServer, xExchTransportService and xExchEventLogLevel in the xExchange module as well as xDefaultGatewayAddress shipped as part of the Networking module. These new additions bring us to the total of 225 DSC resources!

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[INFO] DSC Resource Kit Wave 10 was released

The DSC Resource Kit Wave 10 is available.

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 are 8 new DSC resources across 5 modules and bug fixes made across 10 modules.

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[INFO] DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 was released

Since 28/10/2014 the DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 is available.

This wave add 48 ressources!
There are now 138 ressources available.

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[INFO] DSC on the AWS Cloud – Quick Start Reference

Amazon has published the “Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) Quick Start Reference Deployment” on Sep. 29, 2014.

This new Quick Start Reference Deployment outlines architectural considerations and steps for implementing a configuration management solution using the PowerShell DSC platform. This reference is specifically designed to provide an understanding of how to use AWS CloudFormation and PowerShell DSC to bootstrap your servers and applications from scratch, how to deploy a highly available PowerShell DSC pull server environment using AWS resources, and how to ensure that your instances are resilient to configuration drift once your Windows-based application stack has been deployed on AWS.

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[INFO] DSC Resource Kit Wave 7 was released

Since 9/29/2014 the DSC Resource Kit Wave 7 is available.

This wave has added the following

  • xPendingReboot examines three specific registry locations where a Windows Server might indicate that a reboot is pending and allows DSC to predictably handle the condition
  • xCredSSP enables or disables the server & client CredSSP roles on a system.
  • xAdcsCertificationAuthority this resource installs and configures the Certificate Authority role on a Windows Server.
  • xAdcsWebEnrollment this resource configures Certificate Services Web Enrollment on a Windows Server following installation of the component using the WindowsFeature resource.

Read the full blog post on http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/09/26/continuing-the-dsc-resource-kit-additions-wave-7-is-live.aspx

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[INFO] Powershell V5 (WMF 5.0) EXPERIMENTAL RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2014

Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview September 2014 includes updates to

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell ISE.

It also includes

  • OneGet
  • PowerShellGet
  • Network Switch

cmdlets.

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[INFO] DSC Resource Kit Wave 6 was released

Since 29/08/2014 the DSC Resource Kit Wave 6 is available.

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[INFO] Powershell V5 (WMF 5.0) EXPERIMENTAL RELEASE JULY 2014

Microsoft has released a new and updated pre-release version of PowerShell V5.
WMF 5.0 Experimental Release July 2014 is delivered as an MSU installation package.

Download links:

X64 MSU – X86 MSU – Release Notes

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[FAQ] I don’t find the DSC cmdlets…

First check if your DSC commands are really missing. Execute  get-command *-dsc* . The output should look similar to this:

If not… check if you are in a x64 Environment. Continue reading

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