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Windows Powershell Desired State Configuration Revealed

Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a powerful configuration management platform that makes it easier than ever to perform cross-platform configuration management of your infrastructure, whether on-premise or in the cloud. DSC provides the management platform and Application Programming Interface (API) that can be used with any programming language. Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed will take you through this new technology from start to finish and demonstrates the DSC interfaces through Windows PowerShell. DSC allows you to manage target devices by simply declaring what state you want them to be in, using new declarative language extensions, rather than writing detailed instructions to get them into that state. This makes continuous delivery in Windows easier than ever before. In an environment where changes and deployments are happening all the time, DSC makes the necessary adjustments to the system so you don't have to. Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed starts with an overview of the configuration management features in Windows, followed by a discussion of the architecture of DSC and its components. You'll then explore DSC's built-in features and resources, followed by some of the different methods provided for delivering configuration information within your ecosystem, and learn about configuration monitoring and reporting. In the latter part of the book, you'll find out how to get more power out of DSC by writing your own custom DSC resources, including a range of useful examples, and the book concludes with vital information on deploying and troubleshooting DSC in a production environment, along with some expert tips and tricks you might find useful along the way. Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed is your one-stop guide to this new technology and how it can change your working life for the better.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Windows PowerShell Chapter 1: Beginning Windows PowerShell Chapter 2: Introducing Windows Remote Management and CIM Part II: Desired State Configuration Chapter 3: Introducing Desired State Configuration Chapter 4: Getting Started with DSC Chapter 5: Using Built-in DSC Resources Chapter 6: Building Advanced DSC Configurations Part III: Advanced DSC Concepts and Tips Chapter 7: DSC Configuration Delivery Modes Chapter 8: Monitoring, Correcting, and Reporting Configuration Chapter 9: Building Custom DSC Resources Chapter 10: Troubleshooting Common DSC Issues Chapter 11: DSC - From the Field Appendix A: DSC Community Resources Appendix B: WMF 5.0 and DSC for Linux

About the Author

Ravikanth Chaganti is a well-known blogger and a member of the Windows PowerShell community. He has been a Windows PowerShell MVP since 2010 and works at Dell Inc. as an architect for Microsoft solutions. He is passionate about automation and works in his free time writing scripts and tools to help automate management tasks for Windows OS and applications on Windows OS. Ravikanth has more than 13 years of industry experience and a broad set of skills in the IT infrastructure domain ranging from servers to storage to networking. He started scripting in early 2000 and continued to hone in his skills from that point on. In 2006, he fell in love with an early release of Windows PowerShell and has been evangelizing PowerShell ever since.

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