Setting up the DSC tools from Github

I have created a short blog series about how to setup the DSC tooling from the DSC repository. With the mindset of contributing changes.   Test-HomeLab -InputObject ‘The Plan’ Get-Posh-Git | Test-Lab Get-DSCFramework | Test-Lab Invoke-DscBuild | Test-Lab Test-Lab | Update-GitHub -David Jones  

Microsoft Publishes DSC Resource Kit in GitHub

When Microsoft first released the DSC Resource Kit (in Wave 10 as of this writing), they opened the door to community contributions. Our own GitHub repo consists partly of DSC resource that used Microsoft’s code as a baseline, and then corrected problems or expanded capabilities. What we never had was a way for MicrosoftContinue Reading »

Up Next: Brian Ehlert from Citrix talks about XenDesktop and PowerShell DSC

This Thursday, we will be joined by Brian Ehlert from Citrix, author of the XenDesktop Desired State Configuration Resource Provider! Brian is a Hyper-V MVP since 2007, and writes at If you’d like to see the show live and chat with Jon, Hal, and your fellow scripters, you can join us this Thursday atContinue Reading »

Episode 289 – PowerScripting Podcast – Mike Hendrickson and Jason Walker from Microsoft on Configuring Exchange With DSC

Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Mike Hendrickson and Jason Walker from Microsoft about their DSC resources for Exchange News Mike’s book: new 4th ed of PowerShell TFM: WMF 5.0 November preview Limited Preview of the PowerShell Gallery Steven Murawaski is doing PowerShell DSC training in LA December 9thContinue Reading »

Episode 288 – PowerScripting Podcast – Hal and Jon talk about Splunk and DSC troubleshooting

Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, Hal and Jon talk about Splunk and troubleshooting DSC Links <migreene> <alevyinroc> here’s my screen. <halr9000> <halr9000> wave 7 shipped <halr9000> wrong link: this one: <halr9000> <rcookiemonster> They did a series on it a short while back – hasContinue Reading »

Up Next: Configure Exchange with PowerShell DSC with Jason Walker & Mike Hendrickson!

This Thursday, we will be joined by two excellent guests from Microsoft: Jason Walker, and Mike Hendrickson. They will be talking about a rather large bit of PowerShell DSC code: the xExchange Resource Kit! Mike wrote a blog post series on the topic, and his first piece, Introducing xExchange – Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC – PartContinue Reading »

Join the DSC Hackathon at PowerShell Summit 2014 Europe

On Monday night (Amsterdam time, September 29th), we’ll be holding the first DSC Hackathon at PowerShell Summit Europe 2014. Attached are the scenarios we’ll be asking participants to select from. We’ll ask everyone to work in small groups, pick one scenario, and try to produce a custom DSC resource that solves the problem. Many ofContinue Reading »

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014: Prepare for the DSC Hackathon

We’re hoping that everyone attending the PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 will join our Monday evening DSC Hackathon, where we’ll become “product team members for a night” and try to code up some DSC Resources from the team’s own internal wish list! We’ll provide a cash bar as well as finger food for our on-site attendees… but you’reContinue Reading »

TechSession: Get to Know DSC (Repeated from June 2014)

Join Don Jones for an overview of Desired State Configuration. You’ll learn how to create a configuration script, how to push it to a server, and how to create a pull server. You’ll also learn about DSC’s architecture, and learn some planning tips for getting DSC working quickly in your own environment. This session willContinue Reading »

DSC Pull Server on Windows Server 2008 R2

Recently on the forums, a community member mentioned that they were having trouble setting up a Server 2008 R2 machine as a DSC pull server. It turns out, this is possible, but you have to install all the prerequisites yourself, since the Add-WindowsFeature DSC-Service command doesn’t do it for you on the older operatingContinue Reading »

TechSession: Writing and Testing DSC Resources

Join MVP Steven Murawski for a look at writing and testing custom DSC resources. This session will be recorded. Recording links will be posted on the YouTube Channel within about one week. We are accepting up to 250 registrations, but only 100 live attendees will “fit” in the room. If you don’t make itContinue Reading »