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PSUG October Meeting - How PowerShell and DSC Empowers DevOps and the Cloud

Dan Stolts from Microsoft and ITGuru.com comes to Boston PowerShell User group with a full session on Desired State Configuration! DSC is a new management platform in Windows PowerShell that enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services and managing the environment in which these services run.

DSC provides a set of Windows PowerShell language extensions, new Windows PowerShell cmdlets, and resources that you can use to declaratively specify how you want your software environment to be configured. It also provides a means to maintain and manage existing configurations.Practical applications

Following are some example scenarios where you can use built-in DSC resources to configure and manage a set of computers (also known as target nodes) in an automated way:

Enabling or disabling server roles and features
Managing registry settings
Managing files and directories
Starting, stopping, and managing processes and services
Managing groups and user accounts
Deploying new software
Managing environment variables
Running Windows PowerShell scripts
Fixing a configuration that has drifted away from the desired state
Discovering the actual configuration state on a given node

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  • Joshua P.

    Did anyone happen to see where the presentation was posted?

    October 11

  • Joshua P.

    This has been the most informative meeting that I have attended in a while. It helped answer many questions I had about DSC.

    October 4

  • Bob A.

    Very informative. Helpful in terms of understanding the direction of DevOps.

    October 4

  • Michael

    Very interesting. I was expecting a bit more PowerShell specific. I appreciated the breadth of the topic and presenter's knowledge.

    October 3

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