“The provided value for the template parameter is not valid” in ARM template deployments

I’ve come across this one before, but I hit it again today and I wanted to share the details of what happened. Basically the scenario is this, I have an ARM template that I want to deploy and it takes in parameters. The deployment needs to run through PowerShell using the Azure RM PowerShell cmdlets….


Getting IDs to use with the Package DSC resource

One of the questions I get from customers who are looking at using the Package DSC resource to install MSI’s and executables is “What is the ProductID for the installer I want to run?”. If you look at the documentation the ProductID is meant to be a unique identified for the product you are installing,…


Running Azure Automation runbooks from IFTTT tasks

I recently had an idea (ok lets call it ‘collaboratively came up with while talking to one of the grads in our office) to look at ways that I could trigger runbooks in my Azure Automation account from my phone. The specific issue we were looking to solve in this case was “how can I…

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xSharePoint is now SharePointDsc – what you need to know!

For just over 12 months now we have been working hard to grow the xSharePoint DSC module to let SharePoint 2013 and 2016 administrators use PowerShell Desired State Configuration to manage their SharePoint deployments. We’ve come a long way in the last year, and now with the help of my core team we are making…

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Better approaches to unit testing PowerShell scripts that call SharePoint cmdlets

For those who have come across my blog before you would have seen my recent post on how to unit test PowerShell scripts that call SharePoint cmdlets, which after I posted started a conversation between myself and Jakub Jareš (PowerShell MVP and Pester Owner) around the approach I had taken and some of the flaws…

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Cross server DSC dependency options with Azure Resource Manager templates

One of the topics I have been discussing a little lately around the use of the DSC extension for Azure virtual machines is how to create dependencies for DSC configurations that work between servers.If you’re not familiar with how to use the DSC extension in Azure ARM templates have a read of my previous blog…

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Using DSC to download from Azure file storage to an Azure VM

I’ve been exploring a lot PowerShell Desired State Configuration lately, and one of the things I’ve come up against was the need to be able to move files from a file share in an Azure storage account, to the local file system of a VM (usually to install software). Now since I’ve been trying to…

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Using Windows Azure Automation Preview to manage Azure VMs

One of the great new features of Microsoft Azure that is currently in preview is the new Automation function. If you haven’t heard about it, the short version of it is that it lets you run PowerShell based workflow runbooks from the Azure datacenters. This presents a bunch of really neat ideas for how we…

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