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Compromising Yourself with WinRM’s “AllowUnencrypted = True”

One thing that’s a mixed blessing in the world of automation is how often people freely share snippets of code that you can copy and paste to make things work. Sometimes, this is a snippet of code / functionality that would have been hard or impossible to write yourself, and saves the day. Sometimes, this is a snippet that changes some ...
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Azure DSC Extension – Versions 1.0-2.3 no longer available

NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history. Today we retired versions 1.0 to 2.3 of the Azure DSC Extension. These versions use preview versions of WMF 5.0 whose signing certificates have expired, so it is no longer possible to install them. If any of these versions are already installed on ...
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DSC Resource Kit updates are here!

You may be wondering what’s happening in the area of DSC Resource Kit and if that’s the case, read on. Over the last month we’ve accepted 47 pull requests, fixed 16 issues, updated 9 modules and added 5 new resources! The new resources are xExchMaintenanceMode, xExchMailboxServer, xExchTransportService and xExchEventLogLevel ...

Azure DSC Extension 2.8 & How to map downloads of the extension dependencies to your own location.

NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history. Overview Today, we released version 2.8 of the Azure DSC Extension, we added support to map downloads of the extension dependencies to your own location. This could be useful, if you want to configure the network, of a VM not to allow direct ...

OpenSSH for Windows Update

Back in June, we announced our intentions to bring SSH to Windows by supporting and contributing to the OpenSSH community.  Our objective was to not only port OpenSSH so that it worked well on Windows, but to openly contribute those changes back into the portable version of OpenSSH.  Of the many options available, one clearly stood ...

Package Management Preview for PowerShell 4 & 3 is now available

We’re excited to announce the availability of Package Management related PowerShell modules targeted for PowerShell 4 and PowerShell 3. The MSI based installer can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center! This preview consists of modules PackageManagement (formerly known as OneGet) and PowerShellGet. The versions of these modules ...

Desired State Configuration + Puppet

Our goal with PowerShell Desired State Configuration is to make Windows easy to manage, regardless of what tool you’re using. We view DSC as a platform technology to manage Windows, and this technology can be extended with the creation of new resources as well as the reuse of PowerShell DSC functionality in different solutions. As ...

The New Home of DSC Documentation

I’m pleased to announce that our official PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) documentation now has a new home on MSDN. We heard your feedback loud and clear, and began working on a documentation platform that reflects our customer-focused approach to addressing that feedback with improvements to the content and structure of the...

How to use WMF 4 with Azure DSC Extension in Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Overview In version 2.7 of the Azure DSC Extension, we added support to leave your Virtual Machine on the latest supported version of WMF 4.0. This blog will show you how to use this feature in Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. For this, I will use the Azure Resource Manger Tools, that were released with Azure SDK 2.6 for .NET. I will...

PowerShell DSC FAQ: Sorting Out Certificates

Today's blog post is by guest author Mr. Ashley McGlone, also known as GoateePFE. Ashley is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer who teaches and supports PowerShell for Microsoft Premier customers. You can find more content from Ashley at his blog on TechNet. Certificates, Oh No! One of the most common questions I get regarding PowerShell ...