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PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway

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Chapter 41. Desired State Configuration

This chapter covers

  • Overview of DSC
  • Installing and configuring DSC
  • Creating resources
  • Using DSC

Desired State Configuration (DSC) was introduced in Windows PowerShell v4 as part of the Windows Management Framework 4.0. That means it’s available on Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, although as you’ll learn in this chapter its usefulness is determined by the compatible resources available on a given computer. DSC is heavily tilted toward server management rather than client management, but as you’ll see, it has applications for clients as well.

41.1. What is DSC?

DSC is an attempt by Microsoft to provide declarative configuration management in a standards-based fashion. There’s an important distinction ...

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