Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 3

Following on from the previous post – this time I create a separation between development and production. I’ve created a build script to be used in the dev environment – it scans each of the script files and if the first line matches “Configuration” then it appends a DEV suffix to the configuration name and…

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Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 2

This is a continuation from the post here where I created a build and release pipeline for my DSC configurations. This post looks at attaching some process around when a build and release should be completed. I’ve used my dev branch in Git for a development build and the master branch for a production release….

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Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 1

Update: Part 2 is located here and Part 3 is here I’ve been recently involved in creating some DSC configurations and using Azure Automation DSC to host them. However what I wanted was a way to continuously deploy the configurations and have them updated on the servers as they are altered in source control. There…

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Change in focus…

I forgot I haven’t touched this in a while – but will not be posting anything about Service Manager any more. I’m now changing focus to all Automation related technologies – specifically Azure Automation and PowerShell Desired State Configuration.

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Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49556 The portal server requires some configuration of roles before the setup can be run. Below is a DSC configuration block which you can run to configure the web server pre-requisites. Configuration PortalWebServer { Node localhost { WindowsFeature WebServer { Ensure=”Present” Name=”Web-Server” }…

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Domain Join Using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation account. There are a few caveats to doing though – in this blog I will take you through joining a computer to a domain using Azure Automation DSC. First things first I suggest you read https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-dsc-overview/ and…

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Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49556  The portal server requires some configuration of roles before the setup can be run. Below is a DSC configuration block which you can run to configure the web server pre-requisites. Configuration PortalWebServer    {     Node localhost        {         WindowsFeature WebServer            {            Ensure="Present"           …

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Domain Join using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation account. There are a few caveats to doing though – in this blog I will take you through joining a computer to a domain using Azure Automation DSC. First things first I suggest you read https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-dsc-overview/ and…

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Creating the Management Service Recovery Keys Using DSC

In the last post I used Configuration Manager to remediate missing registry keys. Using PowerShell DSC I can do the same thing quite quickly. In my lab I have disabled the configuration baseline I created earlier and removed all the registry keys. I have created a new configuration item in PowerShell – it contains the…

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