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Windows PowerShell for .NET Developers - Second Edition

By : Chendrayan Venkatesan, Sherif Talaat
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Windows PowerShell for .NET Developers - Second Edition

By: Chendrayan Venkatesan, Sherif Talaat

Overview of this book

Windows PowerShell 5.0 for .NET Developers is your self-start guide to performing automation using Windows PowerShell. This book will help you to understand the PowerShell syntax and grammar and will also teach you techniques to remove the rough edges of manual deployments. Packed with PowerShell scripts and sample C# codes to automate tasks, it also includes real-world scenarios such as administrating office servers to help you save time and perform deployments swiftly and efficiently. The book begins with the Windows PowerShell basics, explores the significant features of Windows Management Framework 5.0, covers the basic concepts of Desired State Configuration and the importance of idempotent deployments. By the end of the book, you will have a good understanding of Windows PowerShell’s features and will be able to automate your tasks and manage configuration effectively.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Getting started with DSC

Using DSC, we can configure our environment through codes. As we know, PowerShell DSC is not a tool; it is a configuration management platform. DSC uses a Configuration keyword. If you are an IT professional or developer responsible for infrastructure compliance and automation, DSC will help you perform most of your tasks easily and swiftly.

DSC enables a consistent infrastructure, standardized configuration, and continuous deployments. Using DSC, we can remediate the drift in our environment. Following are a few of the most common use cases of DSC:

  • 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

The architecture of DSC...