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Learning PowerShell DSC - Second Edition

By : James Pogran
Book Image

Learning PowerShell DSC - Second Edition

By: James Pogran

Overview of this book

The main goal of this book is to teach you to configure, deploy, and manage your system using the new features of PowerShell v5/v6 DSC. This book begins with the basics of PowerShell Desired State Configuration, covering its architecture and components. It familiarizes you with the set of Windows PowerShell language extensions and new Windows PowerShell commands that make up DSC. Then it helps you create DSC custom resources and work with DSC configurations with the help of practical examples. Finally, it describes how to deploy configuration data using PowerShell DSC. Throughout this book, we will be focusing on concepts such as building configurations with parameters, the local configuration manager, and testing and restoring configurations using PowerShell DSC. By the end of the book, you will be able to deploy a real-world application end-to-end and will be familiar enough with the powerful Desired State Configuration platform to achieve continuous delivery and efficiently and easily manage and deploy data for systems.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Validating a DSC pull server install

We can test that the pull server endpoint is available by navigating to its endpoint using a web browser or the command line.

Testing using a web browser

On the target node where we installed the DSC pull server, enter https://localhost:8080/PSDSCPullServer.svc/$metadata in your web browser and check to see whether it loads.

Replace localhost with the name of the target node if you are running this on a machine other than the pull server:

If you see the preceding XML, then your pull server endpoint is up and running. Note that we get an SSL certificate warning because we are using a self-signed certificate. You would not see this using a real SSL certificate.