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August 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm

i don't have a test environment available yet, but after reading the full announcment:

PowerShell DSC for Linux is now available!

already have requests to start utilizing some of this functionality, namely user/group management on linux servers.

wondered if anyone had started utilizing them and were willing to share

August 19, 2016 at 7:42 pm

So, do bear in mind that PowerShell on Linux is alpha, and isn't suitable for production environments in any way. That also means it isn't feature-complete. We don't, for example, know the full range of functionality that'll eventually be delivered, although we obviously do know that we'll be able to create our own functionality. Given that Linux manages users and groups (and damn near everything else) in text files, its likely we can do something like what Microsoft did for Cron jobs – wrap a command around the text file to ease the management burden.

But it's super early days.

August 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

And, I will point out that if you look at the Linux DSC stuff (which has been out for a while, and is distinct from PowerShell on Linux), it's got about a half-dozen resources, including one for users. The resource just hits the configuration files directly, rather than running PowerShell.

August 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

yah the dsc stuff is where i saw actual cmdlets (and wow, not sure how i missed the dsc stuff in may concerning user mgmt)

i hadn't seen anything published using those cmdlets yet.

so any examples of usage would still be appreciated.

August 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Well... no, Linux DSC resources at present don't use cmdlets, because when that was released, there was no PowerShell on Linux to run the cmdlets. Go to the GitHub repo for the Linux DSC – you can see the contents of the _resources_ (which are not cmdlets). Linux calls them "providers," which Windows almost did. See

Or specifically, for the nxUser provider. It's straight C – not a PowerShell cmdlet. As for usage examples, the docs are at

But you're not going to use the Linux DSC providers outside the context of DSC – you can't. They aren't standalone commands.