Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration is a tool akin Chef or Puppet, meant to automate keeping Windows servers in a known state.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
7 views

Do nodes in a DSC environment do integrity check for downloaded modules?

I've got a DSC Pull setup, in which a DSC PullServer delivers configurations and modules to nodes automatically over a web interface. All configs and modules have a checksum file for the lcm in the ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

Azure Resource Manager and Powershell DSC - changes not being applied

I have an ARM template with a Powershell DSC extension section running the following DSC: Configuration Name { Node MachineName { #IIS Role WindowsFeature IIS { ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

Installing Web Deploy with Desired State Configuration (DSC) silently fails

Absolutely brand new to DSC, so I am really stumbling through things right now. I have a basic configuration that ensures IIS, .NET 4.5, and MSMQ are installed. I am working toward configuring a new ...
3
votes
0answers
126 views

Powershell DSC File copy - Workgroup machines

I've got a machine that I need to copy files to from a network share (on domain) for a deployment from a machine that's off domain. Currently I have the following code; Configuration deployWebsite ...
2
votes
2answers
80 views

High CPU usage observed from WMI provider“deploymentprovider” which is a part of ServerManager.DeploymentProvider.dll

I'm using powerShell Desired State Configuration to test/set Windows Features on server machine. What I have is 78 WindowsFeature resources to be checked and installed if necessary. What I observed is ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Variable Network Device Alias and PowerShell DSC

I have a set of Azure Resource Manager and DSC scripts that I use to deploy a new VM to Azure and then make it a domain controller for a new domain, these have worked fine for some time, but it's now ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

Trigger an update with Azure PowerShell DSC Extension

I'm using the DSC Extension in Azure to configure the VM's and on first deployment that works fine. However, if I've made an error in the DSC script or need to amend it I am having trouble ...
0
votes
1answer
115 views

PowerShell DSC Pull Server with digitally signed module - ErrorDetail is The PS <path to module> is either missing or its associated MOF schema

I've configured a test DSC pull server and I'm attempting to use a digitally signed xPowerShellExecutionPolicy file but I am constantly getting an error stating that the MOF schema file is invalid or ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Test impact of DSC script using vNext in Release Management

Following the examples on the web, it's not hard to set up a working example for the first DSC script. However, I need to find a way to just list the changes that the script will make, not actually ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Is the file current.mof a bottleneck when using the DSC module?

The msutter DSC module (PowerShell Defined State Configuration) seems to have a bottleneck. Every class that uses a DSC resource generates intermediate Powershell/DSC code that creates a file called ...
1
vote
1answer
392 views

How to apply xNetworking xIPAddress Desired State Configuration (DSC)?

Using Windows Server 2012 R2. The goal is to set the IPv4 address of a server. As DSC correctly states in the verbose message below, the Expected [ip is] 192.168.0.203, [while the] actual [ip is] ...
1
vote
1answer
227 views

Powershell DSC uses the incorrect certificate file for encryption where node names partially match?

I think there's a bug in the way that DSC chooses the certificate file that is used for credential encryption, such as with the Service resource and a PSCredential. The DSC configuration uses the ...
4
votes
1answer
272 views

Windows Desired State Configuration / DSC: Is there a simple, “flat” way to use them?

The articles all discuss staging, packaging and a bunch of infrastructure aspects. Is it possible to just run the scripts, either locally, or (preferable!) against a remote server? E.g. ...
4
votes
2answers
191 views

WMF 4.0 & DSC on Vista? Any chance?

I am currently evaluating the Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration feature. Unfortunately, my company is still running more then 5000+ Vista clients (and W2003 servers), which seems like ...
3
votes
1answer
167 views

How to do proper error handling in a push setup?

I am currently building a lab environment to get a feeling on what DSC can accomplish and where the limits are. We have a requirement to push out one-shot configurations to group of nodes based on ...
3
votes
1answer
281 views

DSC-Resource: How can I delete a registry key (not value)?

I know I can ensure the presens of a specific registry value by using the following scriptblock: Registry ConfigureRegistry { Ensure = "Present" Key = ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

SSL Certificate management with Powershell DSC

I have a third-party issued certificate that I need to ensure is running on all targets in a given domain. Is there a way to ensure this certificate is installed by way of DSC?
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Protecting credentials in Desired State Configuration using certificates

I'm new to DSC and trying to figure out how to make it work for us. What I'm stuck on is how the credentials are actually protected. My current understanding is that it isn't all that great. The big ...
1
vote
1answer
130 views

no mof generated with composite resource - powershell dsc

I'm having an issue where the .mof file doesn't get generated when using a composite resource in it.The directory gets created fine and no errors are shown. It might be a simple issue to some fresh ...
2
votes
1answer
214 views

Install Exchange 2013 with DSC

I tried to install Exchange 2013 with the resource windowsProcess in existing Exchange Configuration. All prerequisites are installed (the Exchange Organization still exists). This is my Resource ...
1
vote
1answer
518 views

Desired State Config - Script Resource

I'm having some trouble understanding the DSC script resource, in particular the test and get phases. I am trying to change the default Hyper-V VHD and VM paths, but can't seem to work out how to ...
1
vote
0answers
132 views

Installing desktop-experience feature with DSC

I'm running into an issue when utilizing DSC to provision a machine. I'm trying to enable the windows feature 'desktop-experience' and then some others. My configuration looks like this: ...
2
votes
1answer
116 views

Is there a way to generate differences when a server is out of sync with DSC Configuration?

The following command can be used to determine if there has been configuration drift on a system: Test-DscConfiguration –CimSession $session The command only returns true or false. Is there a way ...
7
votes
2answers
411 views

Can a PowerShell DSC configuration file be created from a current system build?

Is there a way to build a PowerShell desired state configuration (DSC) configuration file from a current system? Opposed of building the entire file from scratch?
6
votes
1answer
7k views

Installation of Windows Management Framework 4.0 (Powershell 4.0) on Server 2012 failed

I've been trying to test PowerShell Desired State configuration on a Windows Server 2012 instance on Amazon EC2. I downloaded the Windows Management Framework 4.0 from the MS download center: Windows ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Nesting PowerShell DSC configurations from different files

If I nest DSC configurations in a single file like this, it works fine: Configuration Secondary { Param ($SomeParameter) Environment Test { Name = $SomeParameter Value = ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

How to force DSC to execute all configurations (Packages) even when a restart/reboot is required

From MSDN RebootNodeIfNeeded: Certain configuration changes on a target node might require it to be restarted for the changes to be applied. With the value “true,” this property will restart the ...
6
votes
1answer
887 views

DSC, how to know if after running the configuration a reboot is required

So I'm using DSC Push mode I have about 200 deployments per day to several environments (DEV/INT/QA/PROD) Every time that I deploy I want to make sure that each server is configured correctly So ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

PowerShell DSC Group Resource - “Could not find a principal with the provided name”

I am trying to use PowerShell DSC to add a domain group to the local administrators group. Here is the code: Configuration TestSetup { Node localhost { Group Administrators { ...
12
votes
4answers
6k views

PowerShell DSC copy from network share

I am trying to use PowerShell DSC to copy folder contents from a network share. Here is the code: Configuration TestSetup { Node localhost { File Test { SourcePath = ...
1
vote
1answer
180 views

powershell 4.0: Desired State Configuration requirements for remote clients

The whole DSC framework looks awesome, but I'm curious about the requirements of the remote machines. I create a custom MOF file and apply it to remove machines with Start-DscConfiguration (I'm ...
2
votes
1answer
287 views

How do I install Microsoft Exchange 2013 with Microsoft Powershell DSC?

We are working on a new build procedure. As a proof of concept, I wanted to install an Exchange 2013 server with CAS and Hub roles. I cannot find documentation on just how to do that. Has anyone ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I debug Powershell Desired State Configuration not generating MOF files?

I'm following the most basic example on MSDN and I'm failing to get it to work. I've got my configuration defined as follows: Configuration MyWebConfig { Param($ComputerName) Node ...