Saturday, January 18, 2014

More Desired State Configuration Resources

On Boxing Day, the PowerShell team at Microsoft released some additional DSC (Desired State Configuration) resources, which they call the DSC Resource Kit Wave 1. These are as et of PowerShell moduels that contain both DSC Resource and sample configuration examples.

Microsoft initially shipped a number of built in resources for DSC (described on TechNet: here) as well as the ability to create your own custom resources (this is documented here).

The DSC Resource kit contains 8 new resources as follows:


Resource Description
xComputer Name a computer and add it to a domain/workgroup
xVHD Create and managed VHDs
xVMHyperV Create and manage a Hyper-V Virtual Machine
xVMSwitch Create and manage a Hyper-V Virtual Switch
xDNSServerAddress Bind a DNS Server address to one or more NIC
xIPAddress Configure IPAddress (v4 and v6)
xDSCWebService Configure DSC Service (aka Pull Server)

Deploy and configure a website on IIS


If you want to use the DSC Resource Kit you need to be running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 with update KB2883200 (aka the GA Update Rollup).

DSC is an amazing feature of PowerShell 4, which just got even better!

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