Ensure Absent not working

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  • #73463

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    I've been experimenting with DSC to roll out Features on Windows Server. I'm using Windows Server 2012 r2

    I have created a configuration which looks like this:

    Configuration WebServerFeatures {
    Param (
    Node $NodeName {
            WindowsFeature WebServerIIS {
            Ensure = "Present"
            Name = "Web-Server"

    All of the sub features that I want to be installed are all listed in the configuration, so in reality the configuration is much longer than the example listed above.

    I don't want Directory Browsing to be installed, so I have set it to be Absent, eg:

        WindowsFeature DirectoryBrowsing {
            Ensure = "Absent"
            Name = "Web-Dir-Browsing"

    I have saved the Configuration as WebServerFeaturesDSC.ps1 in the Modules folder. Then I run it with the following commands:

    Set-Location C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules
    . C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\WebServerFeaturesDSC.ps1
    WebServerFeatures -nodename $($env:computername)
    Start-DscConfiguration .\WebServerFeatures -wait -Force

    Everything works as expected, except the Directory Browsing feature that I want to be Absent gets installed. When I run Get-DSCConfiguration it lists the feature as present:

    Credential           : 
    DisplayName          : Directory Browsing
    Ensure               : Present
    IncludeAllSubFeature : False
    LogPath              : 
    Name                 : Web-Dir-Browsing
    Source               : 
    PSComputerName       : 

    Can anyone help with this?


  • #73468

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    It's possible that one of the other higher-level options is defaulting to install directory browsing. The LCM might be removing it, only to have it be re-installed later in the sequence. You could run a trace on the node to see if that's the case.

  • #73570

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    I tried running the Start-DscConfiguration command again using -Verbose, and I see that I'm getting an error when it tries to remove the web-dir-browsing feature. Presumably it is being added by one of the higher up features by default, and then it attempts to remove it.

    I tried removing it manually from Server Manager and it told me that I had to remove another feature that is dependent on Directory Browsing before I could go ahead. So it looks like that was the issue.

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