Windows PowerShell Team Blog

  • What's new in DSC Resource Kit

    It’s been another busy month and we’ve seen lots of enthusiasm from many of you to help improve the DSC Resource Kit . In only the last couple of weeks we’ve merged 90 pull requests , 8 new resources have been added to 4 modules (xDefender, xExchange, xWebAdministration, xWindowsUpdate) and another 15 resources across 13 modules were updated! That brings the total number of resources...
  • Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0 Update is coming your way …

    As part of the November 2014 Update Rollup (KB3000850) for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, we substantially improved stability, diagnosability, and reliability of PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC). We also enhanced PowerShell auditing functionality, and added Software Inventory Logging (SIL). Around Q4 of 2015, we expect to make these improvements available on Windows...
  • Azure DSC Extension v2.1 released

    NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history . Today we released version 2.1 of the Azure DSC Extension, with a bug fix for ARM deployments. The bug we fixed would produce this error message in some ARM deployments: “File lock (C:\Packages\Plugins\Microsoft.Powershell.DSC\1.10.1.0\bin\..\DSCWork\ExtensionHandler.Lock.dsc) exists: another instance of the...
  • Welcoming the new home of PowerShell

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  • Introducing Azure Resource Manager cmdlets for Azure PowerShell DSC Extension

    Last August we introduced Azure Service Management (ASM) cmdlets for PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC). Through these cmdlets released in the Azure PowerShell SDK, you can upload and apply a PowerShell DSC Configuration to an Azure VM. Now, we are introducing new set of cmdlets for deploying DSC Extension with Azure Resource Manager ( ARM ). You can read more on using Azure PowerShell with...
  • Validate PowerShell DSC Debug

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  • Validate PowerShell DSC WaitFor

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  • Validate PowerShell DSC Partial Configurations

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  • Registration is Now Open to Publish on PowerShell Gallery

    We are excited to announce that, as of today, the PowerShell Gallery will accept registration from any users who wish to publish PowerShell modules and share their work with the world. For the past year, the PowerShell Gallery has been slowly adding content from our closest community contributors, most of whom are Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and internal Microsoft contributors. While we were...
  • Validate PowerShell DSC Node Status

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  • Validate PowerShell DSC RunAsCredential

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  • Validate features of PowerShell DSC

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  • Use DSC to manage WMI namespace security

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  • DSC Resource Kit flourishes as open source

    We are excited to announce the recent updates which were made to DSC Resource Kit since open sourcing it on GitHub ! We were working hard on improving coverage and robustness of DSC as well as saw incredible engagement from the community in the recent months. That effort resulted in adding 32 new DSC resources across 8 modules and fixing bugs in 22 resources across 17 modules since last release at...
  • Want to write a DSC resource where only a single instance can be configured?

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