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February 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Hey All,

I'm piloting use of DSC and am encountering a problem in my testing. Specifically, most recently I have been testing implementing Package resources in a Configuration script and applying them locally using the localhost node to a test system. What I've noticed is that if there is an issue with, for example, the Arguments supplied to a java installation executable (see example below); the MOF will be created without issue and the Start-DscConfiguration will run however it will never just hangs there. And if I terminate the PowerShell console, and reboot the server, any attempt to execute Start-DscConfiguration returns a message indicating that a configuration is in progress. This results in me having to rollback to a snapshot of the virtual test system (effectively a rebuild scenario in a environment without a snapshot) to get back to a state where I can continue testing. Has anyone encountered this with DSC and has an alternative solution to the awkward one I'm using?

Package JavaJDKu51
Ensure = "Present"
Path = "$InstallFolder\Packages\jdk-7u51-windows-x64.exe"
Name = "Java SE Development Kit 7 Update 51 (64-bit)"
ProductID = "64A3A4F4-B792-11D6-A78A-00B0D0170510"
Arguments = "/S ADDLOCAL='ToolsFeature,PublicjreFeature'"

As an aside can see in the Arguments statement above that the package expects a quoted string, is there a better way to provide the quotes within the Arguments quoted string?

Thanks much & happy scripting.

February 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Partial resolution – It looks like if I use a combination of -force and restarting the system I can get back to a condition where start-DscConfiguration does not fail with the message indicated. Note that the -force qualifier will not consistently resolve the condition.

January 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm

I'm having the same problem on Win 2016 Datacenter. It hangs after:

Perform operation 'Invoke CimMethod' with following parameters, ''methodName' = SendConfigurationApply,'className' = MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManage
r,'namespaceName' = root/Microsoft/Windows/DesiredStateConfiguration'. 

A restart and -force didn't fix this. My main question is, how do I even begin to debug this? I don't know where to look, where can I find more details about what's going on inside? Or, how can I cause more detailed logging so as to find the cause?

Here's my config:

Configuration WinSSHConfig 
 Import-DscResource –ModuleName 'PSDesiredStateConfiguration'
    Node "localhost" 
        Package BitVise 
            Name = "BitVise"
            Path = Join-Path $PSScriptRoot "\BvSshServer-Inst.exe"
            ProductId = "" # Might help to add this later
            Ensure = "Present"
            # "Specified logpath could nto be opened" LogPath = "C:\Users\ops\Desktop\AllWindows"



January 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

It's hanging again when trying to stop the operation when I restart and use the -force flag:

VERBOSE: Perform operation 'Invoke CimMethod' with following parameters, ''methodName' =
SendConfigurationApply,'className' = MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager,'namespaceName' =
VERBOSE: An LCM method call arrived from computer DOWNLOADSCRIPT with user sid
VERBOSE: The -Force option was specified with the Stop operation. The current configuration has been successfully

January 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm

It only hangs with the


flag. So this tells me that for some reason the

"Invoke CimMethod"

with parameter

"MethodName" = "SendConfigurationApply"

never finishes executing, and the wait flag waits forever for it to finish.

Any ideas what might cause the


to never finish?