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 »

TechSession: Get to Know DSC

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 »

Why “Puppet vs. DSC” isn’t Even a Thing

After all the DSC-related excitement this week, there have been a few online and Twitter-based discussions including Chef, Puppet, and similar solutions. Many of these discussions start off with a tone I suppose I should be used to: fanboy dissing. “Puppet already does this and is cross-platform! Why should I bother with DSC?” Those people,Continue Reading »

Episode 265 – PowerScripting Podcast – Narayanan Lakshmanan from the PowerShell Team on DSC

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell. Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Narayanan Lakshmanan from the PowerShell team about DSC News The PowerShell Portland User Group is meeting April 15th The Greater Milwaukee Script Club is meeting on April 15th The Tampa PowerShell User Group is meeting on AprilContinue Reading »


Welcome to our DSC Hub! Right now, this page is being used to provide quick access to some of the free DSC-related tools and offerings on   Free DSC eBook hosts a free eBook, The DSC Book, that’s designed to help you understand the technology and to start using it.   DSC Q&A Discussion ForumContinue Reading »

Tonight, Nana from the PowerShell team talks DSC and more!

Tonight, we’re pleased to have Narayanan (Nana) Lakshmanan, Senior Development Lead from the PowerShell team at Microsoft on the show! One of our big areas to cover is going to be DSC, and what Microsoft has been doing with the out-of-band releases of DSC resources with the DSC Resource Kit, which is now up toContinue Reading »

Going Deeper on DSC Resources

Desired State Configuration is a very new technology and declarative configuration management is a very young space yet.  We (Microsoft and the community) are still figuring out the best structure for resources, composite configurations, and other structures. That said, there are certain viewpoints that I’ve come to, either from hands on experience or in watchingContinue Reading »

My DSC Demo-Class Setup Routine

I think I’ve gotten my DSC classroom and demo setup ready. Understand that this isn’t meant to be production-friendly – it doesn’t automate some stuff because I want to cover that stuff in class by walking through it. But, I thought I’d share. I’ve basically made an ISO that I can carry into class, attach toContinue Reading »