DSC for clients?

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  • #37435

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    I was looking to experiment with DSC on clients. I know DSC was initially for servers but is any reason it cant be used on clients for configuration ?

  • #37438

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    The LCM itself is exactly the same on clients. However, you may find that some DSC resources rely on commands that only exist on the server OS, such as WindowsFeature.

  • #37440

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    I expect a lot of custom module work to be done in order to get things right for clients. That said, in general I don't see "why not".

  • #37444

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    We use DSC on clients. Depending on how controlling your environment is will determine how far you can go. Clients tend to be squishy

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    The downside for clients, potentially, is that the LCM doesn't really execute dynamic logic a la GPO, although there are ways you can work around that.

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    We just finished deploying 75 PC's using DSC for the initial configuration.
    Dave's right, there are some things that require 'creative' solutions.
    Some things to look out for – applications that do not install well without a user profile, and printers were a problem.
    Of course the pc's we installed were all desktops so no problems with them moving around much and in departments where they are generally the same.

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    It's not quite as flexible as group policies for clients... i.e. user context isn't an option, AFAIK, and when I asked, the answer was pretty strongly worded : )

    That being said, if you want configuration management that extends outside your network perimeter, and that doesn't require domain connectivity, DSC is a fantastic choice. At $LastJob we did some testing through our load balancers and were able to maintain configurations on laptops traveling around the Internet.

    Cheers!

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