Pulling Reports from a DSC Pull Server Configured for SQL

Hi! Serge Zuidinga here, SCOM PFE, and I would like to thank you for visiting this blog and welcome you to the second post about using a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server with a SQL database. If you haven’t read through it already, you can find my first post on this topic here: Configuring a… Read more

Configuring a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use SQL Database

Introduction Hi! Thank you for visiting this blog to find out more about how you can configure a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use an SQL database instead of the “Devices.edb” solution we currently use. Since you made it his far I assume that you’re already familiar with PowerShell and PowerShell Desired State Configuration… Read more

How Healthy is your LAPS Environment?

Hi all. I’m Michael Rendino, Senior Premier Field Engineer, based out of the Charlotte, NC campus of Microsoft! Previously, I’ve helped you with some network capture guidance (here and here), but today, I want to talk about something different. Over the last couple of years, one of the hottest tech topics has been security (as… Read more

Configuring a Hyper-V Host with PowerShell DSC (Part 1)

Hello, my name is Michael Godfrey and I am a Platform’s Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. I have been a Fabric Administrator for the past few years and have made it a habit of building quite a few Hyper-V Hosts. I was always looking for a way to ensure my team and I knew… Read more

Windows PowerShell and DSC on Linux in Microsoft Azure

Hello everyone! I’m Preston K. Parsard, Platforms PFE and I’d like to talk about running PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Linux in Microsoft Azure. Just in case you haven’t heard yet, PowerShell has been open sourced and released for Linux since 18 August, 2016. More details and other resources for the announcement can… Read more

DSCEA has been released – Introducing exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/04/05/dscea-1-2-0-0-has-been-released-introducing-exciting-new-updates-to-start-dsceascan/ For more information on DSCEA, please review the original post on the topic located at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ or https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/04/04/introducing-dscea/ DSCEA has been released!!! Just as a recap on DSCEA: DSC Environment Analyzer… Read more

Introducing DSCEA

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ Hello, World! I am incredibly excited to announce the open source release of DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems… Read more

Building out labs

Hi Matthew Walker here again. So in the course of learning the new features of Windows Server 2016 it is very useful to be to be able to have an environment built out quickly. There are multiple ways to address this. My co-worker Jaromir has his way which is built upon https://ws2016lab.codeplex.com/ I’m going to… Read more

DSC for the PFE: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Solution with Configuration Data

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to chat about Desired State Configuration, AKA “the hotness.” DSC has a few value propositions and is different than general PowerShell scripting in that it’s declarative, idempotent, and remediable in nature. If you’re not too familiar, checkout last week’s post (A Training Montage) which describes DSC and includes… Read more

DSC for the PFE: A Training Montage

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to have a heart-to-heart about Desired State Configuration; a platform so valuable (how valuable is it, you ask?) if DSC had a utility belt, I’d label it a “borderline superhero.” Then again, if DSC is already part of your IT arsenal, perhaps you are the superhero. Either way,… Read more