DSC Resource Kit Release June 2018

Katie Keim [MSFT]

We just released the DSC Resource Kit!

This is our biggest release yet! It takes the records for the most merged pull requests in a release and the most modules we have ever released at once from GitHub!

This release includes updates to 27 DSC resource modules. In the past 6 weeks, 165 pull requests have been merged and 115 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community!

The modules updated in this release are:

  • ActiveDirectoryCSDsc
  • AuditPolicyDsc
  • CertificateDsc
  • ComputerManagementDsc
  • DFSDsc
  • NetworkingDsc (previously xNetworking)
  • SecurityPolicyDsc
  • SharePointDsc
  • SqlServerDsc
  • xActiveDirectory
  • xBitlocker
  • xDatabase
  • xDhcpServer
  • xDismFeature
  • xDnsServer
  • xDscDiagnostics
  • xDSCResourceDesigner
  • xExchange
  • xHyper-V
  • xPowerShellExecutionPolicy
  • xPSDesiredStateConfiguration
  • xRemoteDesktopSessionHost
  • xSCSMA
  • xSystemSecurity
  • xTimeZone (deprecated since now included in ComputerManagementDsc)
  • xWebAdministration
  • xWinEventLog

For a detailed list of the resource modules and fixes in this release, see the Included in this Release section below.

Our last community call for the DSC Resource Kit was on June 6. A recording of our updates is available on YouTube here. Join us for the next call at 12PM (Pacific time) on July 18 to ask questions and give feedback about your experience with the DSC Resource Kit.

We strongly encourage you to update to the newest version of all modules using the PowerShell Gallery, and don’t forget to give us your feedback in the comments below, on GitHub, or on Twitter (@PowerShell_Team)!

Please see our documentation here for information on the support of these resource modules.

Included in this Release

You can see a detailed summary of all changes included in this release in the table below. For past release notes, go to the README.md or Changelog.md file on the GitHub repository page for a specific module (see the How to Find DSC Resource Modules on GitHub section below for details on finding the GitHub page for a specific module).

Module Name Version Release Notes
  • Changed Assert-VerifiableMocks to be Assert-VerifiableMock to meet Pester standards.
  • Updated license year in LICENSE.MD and module manifest to 2018.
  • Removed requirement for Pester maximum version 4.0.8.
  • Added new resource EnrollmentPolicyWebService – see issue 43.
  • BREAKING CHANGE: New Key for AdcsCertificationAuthority, IsSingleInstance – see issue 47.
  • Added:
    • MSFT_xADCSOnlineResponder resource to install the Online Responder service.
  • Corrected filename of MSFT_AdcsCertificationAuthority integration test file.
  • Moved auditpol call in the helper module to an external process to better control output
  • auditpol output is now converted to CSV to remove the need to parse the text output
  • All resources have been updated to use the new helper module functionality
  • Added the Ensure parameter default value of Present to the AuditPolicySubcategory resource Test-TargetResource function
  • PfxImport:
    • Changed so that PFX will be reimported if private key is not installed – fixes Issue 129.
    • Corrected to meet style guidelines.
    • Corrected path parameter description – fixes Issue 125.
    • Refactored to remove code duplication by creating Get-CertificateStorePath.
    • Improved unit tests to meet standards and provide better coverage.
    • Improved integration tests to meet standards and provide better coverage.
  • CertificateDsc.Common:
    • Corrected to meet style guidelines.
    • Added function Get-CertificateStorePath for generating Certificate Store path.
    • Remove false verbose message from Test-Thumbprint – fixes Issue 127.
  • CertReq:
    • Added detection for FIPS mode in Test-Thumbprint – fixes Issue 107.
  • TimeZone:
  • Moved Test-Command from ComputerManagementDsc.ResourceHelper to ComputerManagementDsc.Common module to match what TimeZone requires. It was not exported in ComputerManagementDsc.ResourceHelper and not used.
  • Added Hub and Spoke replication group example – fixes Issue 62.
  • Enabled PSSA rule violations to fail build – fixes Issue 320.
  • Allow null values in resource group members or folders – fixes Issue 27.
  • Added a CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md with the same content as in the README.md – fixes Issue 67.
NetworkingDsc (previously xNetworking)
  • New Example 2-ConfigureSuffixSearchList.ps1 for multiple SuffixSearchList entries for resource DnsClientGlobalSetting.
    • Renamed xNetworking to NetworkingDsc – fixes Issue 119.
    • Changed all MSFT_xResourceName to MSFT_ResourceName.
    • Updated DSCResources, Examples, Modules and Tests with new naming.
    • Updated Year to 2018 in License and Manifest.
    • Updated README.md from xNetworking to NetworkingDsc.
  • MSFT_IPAddress:
    • Updated to allow setting multiple IP Addresses when one is already set – Fixes Issue 323
  • Corrected CHANGELOG.MD to report that issue with InterfaceAlias matching on Adapter description rather than Adapter Name was released in rather than – See Issue 315.
  • MSFT_WaitForNetworkTeam:
    • Added a new resource to set the wait for a network team to become “Up”.
  • MSFT_NetworkTeam:
    • Improved detection of environmemt for running network team integration tests.
  • MSFT_NetworkTeamInterface:
    • Improved detection of environmemt for running network team integration tests.
  • Added a CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md with the same content as in the README.md – fixes Issue 337.
  • Updated documentation.
    • Add example of applying Kerberos policies
    • Added hyper links to readme
  • Refactored the SID translation process to not throw a terminating error when called from Test-TargetResource
  • Updated verbose message during the SID transliation process to identiy the policy where an orphaned SID exists
      • Changes to SharePointDsc
        • Added a Branches section to the README.md with Codecov and build badges for both master and dev branch.
      • All Resources
        • Added information about the Resource Type in each ReadMe.md files.
      • SPFarm
        • Fixed issue where the resource throws an exception if the farm already exists and the server has been joined using the FQDN (issue 795)
      • SPTimerJobState
        • Fixed issue where the Set method for timerjobs deployed to multiple web applications failed.
      • SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuerProviderRealms
        • Added the resource.
      • SPUserProfileServiceApp
        • Now supported specifying the host Managed path, and properly sets the host.
        • Changed error for running with Farm Account into being a warning
      • SPUserProfileSyncConnection
        • Added support for filtering disabled users
        • Fixed issue where UseSSL was set to true resulted in an error
        • Fixed issue where the connection was recreated when the name contained a dot (SP2016)
  • Changes to SqlServerDsc
    • Moved decoration for integration test to resolve a breaking change in DscResource.Tests.
    • Activated the GitHub App Stale on the GitHub repository.
    • Added a CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md with the same content as in the README.md issue 939.
    • New resources:
    • Fix for issue 779 Paul Kelly (@prkelly)
  • Changes to xActiveDirectory
    • Activated the GitHub App Stale on the GitHub repository.
    • The resources are now in alphabetical order in the README.md (issue 194).
    • Adding a Branches section to the README.md with Codecov badges for both master and dev branch (issue 192).
    • xADGroup no longer resets GroupScope and Category to default values (issue 183).
    • The helper function script file MSFT_xADCommon.ps1 was renamed to MSFT_xADCommon.psm1 to be a module script file instead. This makes it possible to report code coverage for the helper functions (issue 201).
  • Converted appveyor.yml to install Pester from PSGallery instead of from Chocolatey.
  • Added Codecov support.
  • Updated appveyor.yml to use the one in template.
  • Added folders for future unit and integration tests.
  • Added Visual Studio Code formatting settings.
  • Added .gitignore file.
  • Added markdown lint rules.
  • Fixed encoding on README.md.
  • Added PowerShellVersion = "4.0", and updated copyright information, in the module manifest.
  • Fixed issue which caused Test to incorrectly succeed on fully decrypted volumes when correct Key Protectors were present (issue 13)
  • Fixed issue which caused xBLAutoBitlocker to incorrectly detect Fixed vs Removable volumes. (issue 11)
  • Fixed issue which made xBLAutoBitlocker unable to encrypt volumes with drive letters assigned. (issue 10)
  • Fixed an issue in CheckForPreReqs function where on Server Core the installation of the non existing Windows Feature “RSAT-Feature-Tools-BitLocker-RemoteAdminTool” was erroneously checked. (issue 8)
  • Added support for SQL Server 2017
  • xDBPackage now uses the shared function to identify the paths for the different SQL server versions
  • Changes to xDhcpServer
    • Updated year in LICENSE file.
    • Updated year in module manifest.
    • Added Codecov and status badges to README.md.
    • Update appveyor.yml to use the default template.
  • Added xDhcpServerOptionDefinition
  • Added unit test
  • Fixed issue that Test-TargetResource always fails on non-English OS 11
  • Changes to xDnsServer
    • Updated appveyor.yml to use the default template and add CodeCov support (issue 73).
    • Adding a Branches section to the README.md with Codecov badges for both master and dev branch (issue 73).
    • Updated description of resource module in README.md.
  • Added resource xDnsServerZoneAging. Claudio Spizzi (@claudiospizzi)
  • Changes to xDnsServerPrimaryZone
  • Changes to xDnsRecord
  • Fixed help formatting.
  • Added support for Codecov.
  • Fix Test-xDscSchema failing to call Remove-WmiObject on PowerShell Core. The cmdlet Remove-WmiObject was removed from the code, instead the temporary CIM class is now removed by using mofcomp.exe and the preprocessor command pragma deleteclass (issue 67).
  • Added CHANGELOG.md file
  • Added .markdownlint.json file
  • Updated README.md and CHANGELOG.md files to respect MD009, MD0013 and MD032 rules
  • Added .MetaTestOptIn.json file
  • Updated appveyor.yml file
  • Added .codecov.yml file
  • Renamed Test folder to Tests
  • Updated README.md: Add codecov badges
  • Fixed PSSA required rules in:
    • xExchClientAccessServer.psm1
    • xExchInstall.psm1
    • xExchMaintenanceMode.psm1
    • TransportMaintenance.psm1
    • xExchTransportService.psm1
  • Fixed Validate Example files in:
    • ConfigureAutoMountPoints-FromCalculator.ps1
    • ConfigureAutoMountPoints-Manual.ps1
    • ConfigureDatabases-FromCalculator.ps1
    • InternetFacingSite.ps1
    • RegionalNamespaces.ps1
    • SingleNamespace.ps1
    • ConfigureVirtualDirectories.ps1
    • CreateAndConfigureDAG.ps1
    • EndToEndExample 1 to 10 files
    • JetstressAutomation
    • MaintenanceMode
    • PostInstallationConfiguration.ps1
    • InstallExchange.ps1
    • QuickStartTemplate.ps1
    • WaitForADPrep.ps1
  • Remove default value for Switch Parameter in TransportMaintenance.psm1 for functions:
    • Clear-DiscardEvent
    • LogIfRemain
    • Wait-EmptyEntriesCompletion
    • Update-EntriesTracker
    • Remove-CompletedEntriesFromHashtable
  • Fixed PSSA custom rules in:
    • xExchActiveSyncVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchAntiMalwareScanning.psm1
    • xExchAutodiscoverVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchAutoMountPoint.psm1
    • xExchClientAccessServer.psm1
    • xExchDatabaseAvailabilityGroup.psm1
    • xExchDatabaseAvailabilityGroupMember.psm1
    • xExchDatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork.psm1
    • xExchEcpVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchEventLogLevel.psm1
    • xExchExchangeCertificate.psm1
    • xExchExchangeServer.psm1
    • xExchImapSettings.psm1
    • xExchInstall.psm1
    • xExchJetstress.psm1
    • xExchJetstressCleanup.psm1
    • xExchMailboxDatabase.psm1
    • xExchMailboxDatabaseCopy.psm1
    • xExchMailboxServer.psm1
    • xExchMailboxTransportService.psm1
    • xExchMaintenanceMode.psm1
    • xExchMapiVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchOabVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchOutlookAnywhere.psm1
    • xExchOwaVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchPopSettings.psm1
    • xExchPowerShellVirtualDirectory.psm1
    • xExchReceiveConnector.psm1
    • xExchUMCallRouterSettings.psm1
    • xExchUMService.psm1
    • xExchWaitForADPrep.psm1
    • xExchWaitForDAG.psm1
    • xExchWaitForMailboxDatabase.psm1
    • xExchWebServicesVirtualDirectory.psm1
  • Updated xExchange.psd1
  • Added issue template file (ISSUE_TEMPLATE.md) for “New Issue” and pull request template file (PULL_REQUEST_TEMPLATE.md) for “New Pull Request”.
  • Fix issue Diagnostics.CodeAnalysis.SuppressMessageAttribute best practices
  • Renamed xExchangeCommon.psm1 to xExchangeHelper.psm1
  • Renamed the folder MISC (that contains the helper) to Modules
  • Added xExchangeHelper.psm1 in xExchange.psd1 (section NestedModules)
  • Removed all lines with Import-Module xExchangeCommon.psm1
  • Updated .MetaTestOptIn.json file with Custom Script Analyzer Rules
  • Added Integration, TestHelpers and Unit folder
  • Moved Data folder in Tests
  • Moved Integration tests to Integration folder
  • Moved Unit test to Unit folder
  • Renamed xEchange.Tests.Common.psm1 to xExchangeTestHelper.psm1
  • Renamed xEchangeCommon.Unit.Tests.ps1 to xExchangeCommon.Tests.ps1
  • Renamed function PrepTestDAG to Initialize-TestForDAG
  • Moved function Initialize-TestForDAG to xExchangeTestHelper.psm1
  • Fix error-level PS Script Analyzer rules for TransportMaintenance.psm1
  • Changes to xHyper-V
    • Removed alignPropertyValuePairs from the Visual Studio Code default style formatting settings (issue 110).
  • Changes to xPSDesiredStateConfiguration
  • Changes to xWindowsProcess
    • Integration tests for this resource should no longer fail randomly. A timing issue made the tests fail in certain scenarios (issue 420).
  • Changes to xDSCWebService
    • Added the option to use a certificate based on it”s subject and template name instead of it”s thumbprint. Resolves issue 205.
    • xDSCWebService: Fixed an issue where Test-WebConfigModulesSetting would return $true when web.config contains a module and the desired state was for it to be absent. Resolves issue 418.
  • Updated the main DSCPullServerSetup readme to read easier, then updates the PowerShell comment based help for each function to follow normal help standards. James Pogran (@jpogran)
  • xRemoteFile: Remove progress bar for file download. This resolves issues 165 and 383 Claudio Spizzi (@claudiospizzi)
  • xRDSessionCollectionConfiguration: Add support to configure UserProfileDisks on Windows Server 2016
  • Added MSI install logging for MSFT_xSCSMARunbookWorkerServerSetup and MSFT_xSCSMARunbookWorkerServerSetup
  • Added missing -Port parameter argument for New-SmaRunbookWorkerDeployment in MSFT_xSCSMARunbookWorkerServerSetup
  • Fixed MSFT_xSCSMARunbookWorkerServerSetup and MSFT_xSCSMAWebServiceServerSetup using incorrect executable for version checking
  • Remove System Center Technical Preview 5 support. Close issue 18
  • Close issue 19 (always install self-signed certificate)
  • BREAKING CHANGE: change SendCEIPReports parameter to SendTelemetryReports. Close issue 20
  • Added description for new parameters at README.md
  • Fix return state of the current SendTelemetryReports
  • Fix syntax at source code
  • THIS MODULE HAS BEEN DEPRECATED. It will no longer be released. Please use the “TimeZone” resource in ComputerManagementDsc instead.
  • Fixed xTimeZone Examples link in README.md.
  • Changes to xWebAdministration
    • Moved file Codecov.yml that was added to the wrong path in previous release.
  • Updated xWebSite to include ability to manage custom logging fields. Reggie Gibson (@regedit32)
  • Updated xIISLogging to include ability to manage custom logging fields (issue 267). @ldillonel
  • BREAKING CHANGE: Updated xIisFeatureDelegation to be able to manage any configuration section. Reggie Gibson (@regedit32)
  • Converted appveyor.yml to install Pester from PSGallery instead of from Chocolatey.
  • Fix PSSA errors.

How to Find Released DSC Resource Modules

To see a list of all released DSC Resource Kit modules, go to the PowerShell Gallery and display all modules tagged as DSCResourceKit. You can also enter a module’s name in the search box in the upper right corner of the PowerShell Gallery to find a specific module.

Of course, you can also always use PowerShellGet (available starting in WMF 5.0) to find modules with DSC Resources:

# To list all modules that tagged as DSCResourceKit
Find-Module -Tag DSCResourceKit 
# To list all DSC resources from all sources 

Please note only those modules released by the PowerShell Team are currently considered part of the ‘DSC Resource Kit’ regardless of the presence of the ‘DSC Resource Kit’ tag in the PowerShell Gallery.

To find a specific module, go directly to its URL on the PowerShell Gallery: http://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/< module name > For example: http://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/xWebAdministration

We recommend that you use PowerShellGet to install DSC resource modules:

Install-Module -Name < module name >

For example:

Install-Module -Name xWebAdministration

To update all previously installed modules at once, open an elevated PowerShell prompt and use this command:


After installing modules, you can discover all DSC resources available to your local system with this command:


How to Find DSC Resource Modules on GitHub

All resource modules in the DSC Resource Kit are available open-source on GitHub. You can see the most recent state of a resource module by visiting its GitHub page at: https://github.com/PowerShell/< module name > For example, for the xCertificate module, go to: https://github.com/PowerShell/xCertificate.

All DSC modules are also listed as submodules of the DscResources repository in the xDscResources folder.

How to Contribute

You are more than welcome to contribute to the development of the DSC Resource Kit! There are several different ways you can help. You can create new DSC resources or modules, add test automation, improve documentation, fix existing issues, or open new ones. See our contributing guide for more info on how to become a DSC Resource Kit contributor.

If you would like to help, please take a look at the list of open issues for the DscResources repository. You can also check issues for specific resource modules by going to: https://github.com/PowerShell/< module name >/issues For example: https://github.com/PowerShell/xPSDesiredStateConfiguration/issues

Your help in developing the DSC Resource Kit is invaluable to us!

Questions, comments?

If you’re looking into using PowerShell DSC, have questions or issues with a current resource, or would like a new resource, let us know in the comments below, on Twitter (@PowerShell_Team), or by creating an issue on GitHub.

Katie Keim Software Engineer PowerShell DSC Team @katiedsc (Twitter) @kwirkykat (GitHub)


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