How to Learn PowerShell DSC

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 Oct. 2016 / Last Updated on 6 Oct. 2016]

A tip on some resources for learning how to use PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

This week's tip was contributed by Ashley McGlone, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.

How to learn PowerShell DSC

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a break-through technology that you will be hearing about for years to come. It is changing the way we manage server configurations in the Microsoft world, and it aligns us closer to industry standards.

PowerShell DSC offers huge time savings. Imagine scripting your entire server build checklist. And then if something gets changed (by that rogue admin), then it gets put back the way you had it… automatically. Yeah. It's that cool.

As with everything in the world of IT we must constantly learn new things. Here are some links to get you started with PowerShell DSC:

TechEd NA 2014: A Practical Overview of Desired State Configuration, Don Jones & Jeffrey Snover (Watch this video!)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436364363

PowerShell.org DSC Hub, ebook, forum, etc. (Start with this eBook!)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436435692

Microsoft PowerShell Team Blog
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436444676

TechNet Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Overview
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436453051

Building a DSC Infrastructure, by Steven Murawski
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436456442
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Windows PowerShell 4.0 DSC Quick Reference Sheet
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436538254

TechNet Script Center – DSC Resource Kit download
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436562176

100 Days of DSC Blog Series
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436565270

This is one of those topics where you just need to dive in and start learning. Be patient with yourself. It may take a few times through for it to sink in. It did for me. But once you see the power of this you will wonder how you ever did your job without it.

About Ashley McGlone

Ashley McGlone is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.

You can find more of Ashley's PowerShell tips on his TechNet blog here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436587707

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to http://www.wservernews.com/subscribe.htm and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see http://www.mtit.com.

 

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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