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Learning PowerShell DSC - Second Edition

By : James Pogran
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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)

Example Scenarios

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
- Winston Churchill

Here we are at the end of our story, and you might be wondering what there is left to cover. We've gone over all there is to go over in an introductory book, except how to handle certain situations in the real world. In our testing environments, we've had known quantities and clear requirements. We were able to use the latest software and, therefore, had an easy time using DSC. However, the real world is messy and filled with complex and conflicting requirements, old legacy software, and inflexible deployment processes. How does DSC fit into situations like this?

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Real-life DSC usage
  • Setting up a common installation base
  • Installing the software
  • Configuration...