Passing variable between DSC resources at runtime

This topic contains 3 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Andrew Pearce 2 years ago.

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  • #38739

    Ramon Palmieri


    I wrote a Script resource which will request a certificate from a CA.
    Now I want to use the CertificateThumbprint in a subsequent DSC resource (xdsdcwebservice to be precise).
    The problem is, I do not know the thumbprint when I create the mof, obviously, because it does not exist yet.

    Is there a way to pass parameters between DSC resources at run time?

    Any help appreciated.


  • #38740

    Dave Wyatt

    Unfortunately, no. This sort of enhancement is pretty much at the top of many DSC wish-lists. 🙂

  • #38783

    Nitin Gupta

    If there isn't already, can you file this idea on uservoice for this request @

  • #41350

    Andrew Pearce

    If you modify the second resource you could write the cert out to disk or registry and read it back in the follow up resource. Even encrypt it or change perms to local system only if you want it slightly more secured.

    Unfortunately due to how CIM is implemented the runspace is reset between invocations so even a globally scoped variable won't be accessible.

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