Desired State Configuration (DSC) Planning Update – January 2018

In September 2017 we communicated some of our plans for PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC). Over the past few months, we have been executing on these plans and collecting feedback from customers and partners. The intent of this blog is to provide an update on the plans we shared back in September. I will have… Read more

PowerShell Core 6.1 Roadmap

The release of PowerShell Core 6.0 is only the beginning and we are already thinking about the next leg of our journey. Most of the effort of the team with PowerShell Core 6.0 was in these areas: Learning how to work in an Open Source project (and we are still learning) Complete the port of PowerShell to… Read more

PowerShell Core 6.0: Generally Available (GA) and Supported!

PowerShell Core 6.0 is a new edition of PowerShell that is cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud. First and foremost, thank you to all of our amazing community, especially our open-source contributors (the most recent of which you can find on our community dashboard at https://aka.ms/PSGitHubBI)… Read more

DSC Resource Kit Release December 2017

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 16 DSC resource modules. In these past 5 weeks, 68 pull requests have been merged and 59 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: OfficeOnlineServerDsc SecurityPolicyDsc SharePointDsc SqlServerDsc (previously xSqlServer) SystemLocaleDsc xAdcsDeployment xCertificate… Read more

Using the OpenSSH Beta in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 1709

I’m thrilled to share that a Beta OpenSSH client and server daemon are available as a Feature-on-Demand in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 1709. Since our last update blog, we’ve been working hard on a Win32 port of OpenSSH and working closely with members of the OpenSSH Portable and OpenBSD projects with… Read more

DSC Resource Naming Guidelines

When DSC was announced at TechEd 2013, one of the goals was to “Create an ecosystem”. The ecosystem for DSC has grown tremendously in the last 4 years. At worldwide events for PowerShell (PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit, PowerShell Conference EU, PowerShell Conference Asia) there have been presentations lead by people actively using DSC to discuss real world, success, challenges, and… Read more

Prerelease Versioning Added to PowerShellGet and PowerShell Gallery

With the release of PowerShellGet 1.6.0, PowerShellGet cmdlets and the PowerShell Gallery have added support for prerelease strings for prerelease versions of modules and scripts. You can now publish items to the PowerShell Gallery with a version like 1.0.0-alpha, and you can download items identified as a prerelease. Items can be filtered using prerelease version… Read more

PowerShell Core 6 Release Candidate

PowerShell Core 6 Release Candidate Last year, we announced that PowerShell was not only Open Source, but also cross platform.  The finish line is in sight and we recently published the Release Candidate for PowerShell Core 6! PowerShell Team ♥ Community It has been an amazing experience for the team working with the community on PowerShell Core… Read more

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