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Desired State Configuration in Windows Server 2012 R2 PowerShell

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Desired State Configuration (DSC) in Windows Server 2012 R2 PowerShell enables you to ensure the components of your data center have the correct configuration.  DSC is a declarative model that leverages Cmdlets and your experience with PowerShell to enable autonomous, idempotent (repeatable) and transparent Deployment, Configuration, and Compliance of Windows resources.  Learn how Desired State Configuration in PowerShell enables an IT Pro, Developer, or a fabric controller to define the exact configuration of target nodes (computers or devices) and prevent “configuration drift.”

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  • Now this is one I will be looking forward to!

  • How can we have a secret session at the same time as the PowerScripting BOF session?

  • Hal Rottenberghalr9000 I really look like this--sorta.

    @sdneel, the BOF session being given by myself and Mr Ed Wilson is actually booked in the very next room. Chances are very high that we will be doing as @jsnover suggested: https://twitter.com/jsnover/status/339718129217323009

  • Vern AndersonVern Anderson

    Cool! where do I sign up?

  • Any more details on this?  Any decisions/recommendations around merging this and the BoF session or rescheduling one of them?  If not, when can we expect some more details that may help us decide which one to attend?

  • thomas leethomas lee

    jumk everthing you were planning on doing and attend this session. Jeffrey gave the MVPs a sneak preview and this session will literally rock your world. I just wish I could be in NOLA

  • Yes!  I wished I was in NOLA too. So, the recorded session will have to do for now.  I'll be waiting patiently! Smiley

  • Hal RottenbergHal Rottenberg

    Too late and confusing to alter the schedule. As the events are literally next door, I figure Ed or I will stand outside of 264 and route people to Jeffrey's session. Maybe we'll print a sign specifying other details like a meet up tonight.

  • rich siegelrich siegel

    Msft needs to stop trying to recreate the work that thousands of people are contributing to each day. Puppet is extremely competent and if some ruby mri apis were further developed to knit with dotnet and specifically powershell runspaces this wouldnt be necessary. I guarantee if dsc is procedural in manner it will fail like all other config mgmt tools. The graphing power is the way to go.

    Check out my github repos for I am taking puppet on win to their limits!

  • Hal Rottenberghalr9000 I really look like this--sorta.

    @rich siegel: you know not of what you speak. Try watching the video. Hey, Puppet is on board with DSC, maybe you should give it a second look.

  • Really neat content.  it's an obvious evolution for powershell.

  • Great presentation, and I'm really enjoying playing around with this in my test rig at home. My one question is, and it's cool if the answer is no or never, will the x86 version of Windows 8 be supported for the WMF 4?

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39347

    Windows 7, and Server 2008 listed, there is a x64 Windows 8 download, but nothing for Windows 8 x86. Again it's cool if the answer is it will never be supported for x86, I'll just need to rebuild my little management vm.

  • StephenStephen

    Very awesome stuff. Question however after installing PowerShell 4 and going through some of these same steps on a couple of servers here that I installed PowerShell 4 on to try out a couple of things. I set up a Configuration SetupWebsites that I created.

    However I cannot get the machine to recognize the "Website" resource that you have in the video. I am just wondering if that resource is not in PowerShell 4 or am i missing something?

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