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Using PowerShell DSC on Windows

The hands-on lab is part of these learning paths

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions: 70-535 Exam Preparation

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Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions–70-533 Certification Preparation

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Lab Steps

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Logging into the Microsoft Azure portal
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Connecting to the Virtual Machine (RDP)
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Reviewing PowerShell DSC Concepts
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Setting Up a PowerShell DSC Pull Server
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Serving Configurations on the DSC Pull Server
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Setting Up a DSC Node to Pull Its Configuration

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DifficultyIntermediate
Duration1h 20m
Students61

Description

Lab Overview

Using PowerShell DSC on WindowsPowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) allows you to declare the desired state of a node's configuration and PowerShell DSC will make it so. You don't have to specify the steps required to arrive at the desired state. Resources automatically do all the heavy lifting to take the node to the desired state. Using PowerShell DSC on Windows, you will configure two Windows servers:

  1. A PowerShell DSC web pull server hosting configuration files
  2. A PowerShell DSC node that pulls its configuration from the pull server

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Understand key PowerShell DSC concepts
  • Configure Windows systems using PowerShell DSC
  • Set up a PowerShell DSC pull server
  • Write PowerShell DSC configurations
  • Set up a pull mode PowerShell DSC node

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Microsoft Windows operating system basics
  • PowerShell basics are beneficial, but not required

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

 

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:

About the Author

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Logan has been involved in software development and research for over eleven years, including six years in the cloud. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, and Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.