DSC Resource Kit Release November 2017

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 10 DSC resource modules. In these past 6 weeks, 53 pull requests have been merged and 50 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: SecurityPolicyDsc xAdcsDeployment xComputerManagement xDnsServer xExchange xNetworking xPSDesiredStateConfiguration xSQLServer xStorage… Read more

Azure Automation DSC Pricing Flexibility

Today we would like to share a new flexible pricing strategy for managing server nodes using Azure Automation to deliver PowerShell Desired State Configuration, giving you greater control over costs of managing on-premises nodes. As you might already know, Azure Automation DSC (Azure DSC) is a managed service that is free when used to manage… Read more

PowerShell Constrained Language Mode

PowerShell Constrained Language Mode Update (May 17, 2018) In addition to the constraints listed in this article, system wide Constrained Language mode now also disables the ScheduledJob module. The ScheduledJob feature uses Dot Net serialization that is vulnerable to deserialization attacks. So now whenever an application whitelisting solution is applied such as DeviceGuard or AppLocker,… Read more

Defending Against PowerShell Attacks

The security industry is ablaze with news about how PowerShell is being used by both commodity malware and attackers alike. Surely there’s got to be a way to defend yourself against these attacks! There absolutely is. PowerShell is – by far – the most securable and security-transparent shell, scripting language, or programming language available. Our recommendations… Read more

Require License Acceptance Support in PowerShellGet

PowerShellGet version 1.5.0 has added support for module publishers to require explicit license acceptance from users before installing a module. This feature has been requested by several of our partners, in order to meet their legal requirements. If a user installs, updates, or saves a module using PowerShellGet, and the publisher of that module requires… Read more

Navigate Azure Resources Just Like a File System

At Microsoft Ignite (around 8:15 min), we announced the Public Preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell.  A unique feature of PowerShell experience in Azure Cloud Shell is navigation of Azure resources via the Azure drive (Azure:).  Today, we are making this feature available on PowerShell Gallery as well as making the source code available… Read more

Polaris – simple Microservices using only PowerShell

Polaris – Simple Microservices using only PowerShell Polaris is a cross-platform, minimalist web framework for PowerShell Core 6. With 6 lines of code, you have your very own webserver running and ready to accept requests – all within PowerShell: New-GetRoute -Path “/json” -ScriptBlock { $json = @{ Hello = “World”; TestingTesting = @(1,2,3); } $response.Json(($json… Read more

DSC Resource Kit Release October 2017

We just released the DSC Resource Kit!This release includes updates to 6 DSC resource modules. In these past 6 weeks, 52 pull requests have been merged and 39 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: SecurityPolicyDsc SharePointDsc xAdcsDeployment xComputerManagement xNetworking xSqlServer For a detailed list… Read more

PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell (Preview) is now publically available in Azure Portal

Yesterday, at IGNITE 2017, we announced the public availability of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell. With the addition of PowerShell in Cloud Shell, alongside Bash in Azure Cloud Shell, you now have the flexibility to choose the shell experience that works best for you. Thank you to our private preview users who helped shape the… Read more

DSC Future Direction Update

PowerShell Core and DSC PowerShell is open sourced and moving over to .Net Standard 2.0 for the reasons outlined in Jeffrey’s blog post. Like PowerShell, PowerShell Desired State configuration (DSC) needs to meet customers in this multi-platform, multi-cloud, multi-OS world where they live. In Joey’s blog post, he outlined what this means to the future… Read more